This course guide has two main purposes:
- To save you time in your research.
- To help make your research more successful.
For much more in-depth information on conducting historical research, please visit our guide on Library Research for History Students.
If you have any questions about this guide, or about your research for this class, then please don't hesitate to contact us!
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Table of Contents
- I. Literature Review
- Introduces the concept of a literature review, and suggests methods for beginning one.
- II. Books
- Finding books using the Library's online catalog. Includes a section on digitized book collections.
- III. Locate a Book or Journal by Title
- How to find available copies of a book or journal when you already know the title.
- IV. Article Databases
- Information on finding articles in scholarly journals using article indexes and full-text journal collections.
- V. Newspapers
- Covers sources for finding newspapers. Includes a section on alternative press publications.
- VI. Reference Sources
- Encyclopedias and biographies.
- VII. Other Sources
- More places to look for primary sources, and some strategies for when you run out of ideas. Includes a section on using the American Civil Liberties Union Archive.
- VIII. Citing Your Sources
- Information on using Chicago Style, and free citation management software.
Lend your Classmates a Hand. . .
Throughout the guide you will be able to leave comments, tips, or warnings for your classmates. Feel free to post notes that you think they might find useful.