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This guide is designed to get students started with research in history, and it has been revised in light of the hybrid and flexible learning environment for Fall 2020. This guide emphasizes full-text resources that students will have access to electronically.
What brings you here?
I need to figure out a topic or understand my research topic better
Start with dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference resources
Before trying to understand scholarly and peer-reviewed books and articles, get a firm grasp of your topic with definitions, topic overviews, and information written with the learner in mind.
Wikipedia will work okay for some topics, but its coverage is inconsistent and credibility may be an issue. If you start with Wikipedia, be sure to look at the sources in an article. Reputable pages should have multiple citations.
I need to find scholarly articles about my topic
I'm looking for books on my topic
The Libraries has access to e-book collections and individual e-books that can support your research in history.
I'm looking for primary sources
Finding Primary Sources
Primary sources are original materials that document historical events and experiences. Through the University Libraries and beyond, you have access to millions of primary source materials--many of which you can access online.
I need help citing my sources
I'm totally lost and don't know where to start