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How to find scholarly research on history in books and journal articles, getting background information, how to find primary sources, and citing your sources.


This guide will help you find all of the resources the library has to offer for History. It is designed to help you through every step of the research process, starting with finding background information on your topic to help focus your search, then finding and evaluating scholarly literature and primary sources, and finally help with citing those sources in your research. 

If you are stuck and need some advice for where to turn, please come by the reference desk in the library or contact us using the Research Assistance boxes.

Research Methods Books

Simple Search Tools

Use these to improve your database and catalog searching.


  • Searches for results with all words
  • smoking AND cancer


  • Searches for results with either search word
  • If combined with AND, words connected by OR need to be in parenthesis
  • Great for synonyms and related concepts: (smoking OR tobacco) AND cancer


  • Combines multiple words into one search term
  • Great for names: "Martin Luther King"