Getting Started in the Library
Welcome to A313! This guide points you in the direction of some great library resources for completing assignments and writing research papers on historical topics. Many of these resources are available from the library's homepage, so you may want to bookmark both the homepage and this guide.
Search Strategy for Historians
Follow these steps:
FIRST: Use specialized encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, and textbooks to identify who, what, when, where, how and why. Get Started on this Step
SECOND: Use the references cited at the end of chapters or articles in textbooks, specialized encyclopedias, handbooks, and guides, and specialized bibliographies to identify the core scholarly research on your topic or research problem.
THIRD: Use databases and indexes to update core scholarly research with current scholarly material. Get Started on this Step
FOURTH: Identify and obtain as much primary source material as possible. A primary source documents first-hand accounts or first recordings of events. The historian using a number of such primary sources produces a secondary source. Examples of primary source materials include letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, contemporaneous newspaper accounts, government documents, statistics, photographs, etc. Consult the History librarian for help in locating primary source materials. Get Started on this Step
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