Assassinations

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BACKGROUND READINGS

Assassins
Assassinations
Conspiracy Theories
Film and Conspiracy Theories
Political Assassinations
Presidential Assassinations
U.S. Executive Order against Assassinations
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LIBRARY CATALOG

LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.

Information on the I-SHARE program to borrow books from other Illinois academic libraries.
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books)
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REFERENCE BOOKS

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User's Guide to its Terms
The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History
Conspiracy Encyclopedia. Reference HV 6275 .C 66 2005
Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia (2003)
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Encyclopedia of American Political History. Reference E 183 .E 48 2001
Encyclopedia of Assassinations Reference HV 6278 .S 54 2001
Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right. (2005)
Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture
Encyclopedia of the American Left. Reference HX 86 .E58 1998
Encyclopedia of U.S. National Security
Killing the President : Assassinations, Attempts, and Rumored Attempts on U.S. Commanders-in-Chief. General E176.1 .O 45 2010
National Trauma and Collective Memory: Major Events in the American Century. General E 741 .N 43 1998
Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences
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ARTICLE DATABASES

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Academic OneFile. An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including political science. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.
Academic Search Complete. Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, political science, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.
CQ Researcher. Full text articles covering topics of current interest and controversy.
History Study Center
JSTOR. This is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.
Military and Government Collection of articles and bibliographic citations.
National Newspapers(ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Project MUSE. This database offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Article
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LINCOLN, JFK, MLK, RFK

Use the menu below to find the other reference resources and books by subject areas.

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. John F. Kennedy
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. Robert F. Kennedy
Overview of the Assassination of President Kennedy, Friday, November 22, 1963.

Background Readings
Lee Harvey Oswald
Texas School Book Depository in Dallas
Warren Commission Report

Reference Books
Day by Day: The Sixties. Reference D 427 .D 3 1960/69
Encyclopedia of the JFK Assassination. General E 842.9 .B 45 2002
Encyclopedia of the Kennedys : The People and Events that Shaped America.<.em> Reference E 841 .S 527 2012
Encyclopedia of Cuban-United States Relations. (2004)
Encyclopedia of the Sixties.
Historical Dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson Era. Reference E 841 .B 85 2007
Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counter-Culture. (2012)
Historical Dictionary of the 1960s Reference E 841 .H 58 1999

Primary Government Documents
The Warren Report: Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. General E 842.9 .A 55 1964
Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hearings before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. General E 842.9 .A 54 1964.
Assassinations Records Review Board Report. General E 842.9 .U 56 1998

List of COD Library books on the JFK assassination
List of COD Library books on Conspiracies about the Assassination
List of COD Library videos about the Assassination

INTERNET SITES
JFK Assassination Records Collection, U.S. National Archives
JFK Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Overview of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Jun3 4, 1968
The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles background reading
Sirhan B. Sirhan background reading

Reference Books
Day by Day: The Sixties. Reference D 427 .D 3 1960/69
Encyclopedia of the Kennedys : The People and Events that Shaped America. Reference E 841 .S 527 2012
Encyclopedia of the Sixties. (2012)
Historical Dictionary of the 1960s. Reference E 841 .H 58 1999

List of COD Library books on Robert F. Kennedy
List of COD Library books on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
List of COD Library videos on Robert F. Kennedy
Primary Source Documents

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OTHER RESEARCH GUIDES

  • Controverisal Topics
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Intelligence and Espionage
  • Lying and Deception
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Why Do We Believe?
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