Consulting online dictionaries and encyclopedias is often a good place to start
Finding Journal articles on your topic, you have two options:
1. Search Omni, the library's main discovery tool. It finds many resources simultaneously, ie: books, book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, newspapers, government documents, vidoes, etc.) Use the filters to refine your search results. Consult Omni Search Tips for help.
2. Search subject specific databases:
- Use the Advanced Search by subject in Omni. Here are some subjects words and phrases to try in the Advanced Search.
- Enlightenment - France - Influence
- France Assemblee nationale constituante (1789-1791) - History
- France - History - Revolution, 1789-1799 - Social aspects
- France - Politics and Government - 1789-1799
- France - Social Conditions - 1789-1799
- Edmund Burke
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Louis XVI, King of France
- Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-93)
- Voltaire, 1694-1778
Step by step Instructions for searching on Omni
1. Identify the main concepts of your research topic and brainstorm possible keywords.
2. Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to combine concepts and enhance your search. By using AND, you are narrowing your search and by using OR to connect synonyms, you are expanding your search. Boolean operators (command words) must be in CAPS when searching Omni.
3. Make sure to enclose phrase searches with quotation marks. Example: "French Revolution"
4. Use the truncation (or stemming) to broaden your search. The asterisk * at the end of a root word will search various word endings. Example: Monarch* = Monarchy, Monarchisms
5. Begin searching for material with the Omni, the library's main search box to find books and other sources on your topic. Remember to filter your search by content type for each new search in order to find a variety of material.
6. Here are the filters to use for finding peer-reviewed journals:
- Peer-reviewed journals
- Subject (optional)
7. Here are the filters to use for finding books:
- Print physical item
8. Use Virtual Browse at bottom of search results screen to browse books.
9. If you need more help use the Omni Search Tips guide
Books on writing
- Essaying the past; how to read, write and think about history
- Student writing; give it a generous reading
Citing your sources
Citing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?
- it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
- it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
- it enables readers to find the source information
- it helps you to avoid plagiarism
Other Writing Help
- Writing Services offers students instruction on developing an argument, structuring ideas, and writing well.