American History

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Welcome

Your assignments at university are an invitation to join a scholarly conversation by exploring topics in depth, formulating a unique research question, examining the research of others along with primary sources, building an argument, and drawing your own conclusions.  A good research topic is one that sparks your interest and allows you to ask new questions in order to find meaningful answers. This guide is intended to help you get started.

Pick a research topic

Use dictionaries and handbooks to find overviews of your topic

 

Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Peer-Reviewed Journals, Articles and Subject (optional) to obtain high quality, academic literature.

You can also search databases by subject to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise.

Key Journal Article Databases: 

Dissertations

Begin with:

How to search for primary sources:

Search your topic (or historical person of interest) using the library's main search box to find primary sources (or reproductions) in our collection. Keyword searches that include the following terms will identify primary materials most of the time.

  • Diar* (for diary or diaries)
  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Memoir
  • Personal narrative
  • Recollections
  • Reminiscences
  • Journal
  • Sources

 Other search tips:

Primary Sources on the web

Newspapers

Archives

Government Information

Open Educational Resources

Electronic Text Books

Search Tip:

  • Find Open Access books while searching Omni.  When refining your search results, select the Open Access and Books filters (in left column).

Other Media

Images

Audio Interviews

Videos

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Content last updated: June 15, 2020