To assist you in researching an Appalachian regional topic, the librarians have compiled an important index, the Appalachian Bibliography (Z1251.A7A6). This volume, published in 1980, lists more than 8000 citations to books, journal articles, and documents, is subject-indexed and contains descriptive annotations. The Appalachian Bibliography is supplemented by the Appalachian Outlook (Z1251.A7 A7) covering the years 1980-2002. These two reference indexes can be found in the Reference Collection, in the Milano Reading Room, and at other campus libraries. These are continued by the online Appalachian Studies Bibliography which spans 1994 to the present.
The Bibliography and Outlook are valuable complements to more routine reference tools such as the library catalog and databases. Recent examples of Appalachian search topics include: Appalachian stereotypes; women and Appalachia; fiction and poetry; old-time music; labor disputes including the West Virginia Mine Wars and the Battle of Blair Mountain; folklore; snake handling in Pentecostal Holiness churches; and the Hatfield-McCoy Feud.
The Appalachian Studies Bibliography is compiled by West Virginia University Libraries, Morgantown, W.Va.
The bibliography cumulates the "Annual Bibliography" sections of the Journal of Appalachian Studies (begun in 1995). It aims to be comprehensive in scope and include all major scholarship for the years indicated.
Primary source material such as archives and manuscripts
Curator, Rare Books & Printed Resources
Managing Director, West Virginia Digital Newspaper Project