Pick a research topic

Use guides and/or handbooks to find authoritative definitions

Research Methods and Theory

  • Sage Research Methods database is designed to support researchers with writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering, analyzing data, and writing up & publishing the findings.
  • Tip: When browsing by discipline, look for 'History' to find a number of handbooks and case studies.

Suggested books:

To find journal articles, you have two options:

1. 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.
  • If you need more help, use these instructions on How to find articles in Omni

2. 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.

Recommended databases for History:


Note: Use RACER, our online interlibrary loan system.  It is FREE for Carleton users but requires you to set up an account. Use it to search for and order electronic book chapters, journal articles, and other items that you can't find in our collection. 

Begin with:

Searching for primary sources using Omni

Search your topic (or historical person of interest) by using Omni the library's main discovery too. Find primary sources (or reproductions) in our collection by using keyword searches that include the following terms:

Example: nurses AND war AND diar*

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

 Other search tips:

Databases for Archives and Primary Sources

Historical Newspaper Databases

Primary Sources on the web

Other libraries with significant primary source collections:

  • Center for Research Libraries (CRL) - Carleton University Library is a member of the CRL consortium. It regularly acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through your RACER account.



Government Information


Historical GIS sources:

Other selected resources related to GIS:



Content last reviewed: March 10, 2021