Government publications will frequently come up when you search Tripod for "oil" and other topics related to this course. One way around that problem is to use the database Historical Abstracts to find book reviews of relevant, scholarly books written by historians. Once you've found the title of a particular book, search Tripod to see if the Tri-Co Libraries own a copy.
You can request books that the Tri-Co Libraries don't own. Use EZBorrow to request a copy from another academic library in Pennsylvania (takes 3-5 business days to arrive for you at McCabe).
How to Use Subject Headings:
Sample subject headings include:
To search directly for a subject heading, go to Tripod and change the drop-down menu from "Keyword" to "Subject." Enclose the subject heading in double quotes and then search.
To find books that are not owned by the TriCo libraries, search by keywords and/or subject headings in WorldCat, and make interlibrary loan or EZ-Borrow requests. Whenever possible, try to make your interlibrary loan requests early in the semester, to ensure that the books arrive with enough time left to write your paper.
Doctoral students go through an exhaustive literature search when writing their dissertations. They also tend to work on new questions, sometimes ones that have received very little attention from scholars before. You can obtain many of these dissertations and benefit from all the bibliographic treasues and new ideas. Check ProQuest Dissertations & Theses to identify dissertations on your topic.