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
How, when, why.
How to find books in both print and digitized formats. Introduces the Online Catalog: what the online catalog is, why you would use it, and how to use it most effectively.
III. Locating a Book or Journal by Title
How to find a book or journal when you know the title.
IV. Article Databases
Information on finding articles in scholarly journals using article indexes and full-text journal collections.
How to find newspaper articles.
VI. Other Source Collections
Other places to find primary source material.
VII. Reference Sources
Sources of factual information and general subject overviews.
VIII. Citing Your Sources
Information on using Chicago Manual of 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.