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HIST 330 Carayon

Goals for Library Sessions

Session 1 (February 21): Primary Sources

1) Where to find primary source databases and websites-- including historic newspapers 

2) How to search the catalog, borrow books on the shelf/electronically/ILL

3) Discovering archival collections through finding aids

4) Analyzing primary sources in person


Session 2 (March 7): Secondary Sources and Research Practices

1) Searching databases and the catalog for secondary sources

2) Evaluating secondary sources critically

3) Citing sources in Proquest RefWorks

4) Tips to narrow research topics, overcome barriers


Session 3 (March 28): Exploring the Field of Research

1) Discovering scholars on a specific subject

2) Using bibliographies to discover more

3) Utilizing Google Scholar for citation tracking

Assignment and research approach

Taking a basic research approach early on may help you to start exploring facts, opinions/arguments/questions, and the relevancy and quality of sources that you discover.

1. Get the facts (tertiary sources: encyclopedias, almanacs, chronologies, etc)
2. Older, established info  (library catalog: books)
3. Specific scholarly "conversations" (library databases: journal articles)
4. Sources are evidence (source citation: Chicago-Turabian, RefWorks)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & learning commons)