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HIS 100: Skills and Methods

Academic Resources

Your Assignment: Find at least six high quality secondary sources (a combination of monographs and journal articles). The resources linked on this page will help you meet this assignment outcome.


OVERVIEW

The resources on this page go beyond Google Scholar and Library Search. The resources on this page cater to a specific audience, in this case those who study History 

APPROACHES TO SEARCHING AND RESOURCES TO USE:

  1. Browsing specific and key Academic Journals.
  2. Searching across thousands of sources (including the key journals)  in a Database. 
  3. Finding databases on your own. 

Note: Blend approaches 1 and 2 to get a diversity of perspectives.


Approach 1. Browsing Academic Journals. We use these when we're learning the ways others have researched a topic, the questions they are asking; the arguments they are making. An academic journal will provide a forum for research in a specific field. Often, we cite the articles contained in journals in our research papers. Often, these have downloadable PDF attachments. 


Approach 2.  Searching in a Database. We use these when we're conducting serious research on a topic. We do this because we want to see what other scholars/authors have researched and written outside of just one key journal and across a specific field of study or discipline and sometimes across the divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences). These databases use  (UCeLinks)

Note: In addition to the journals listed above, other journals will appear in the results of your database searches.

Subject-focused databases (narrower in focus)

General-focused databases (broader in focus)


Approach 3. Finding databases on your own. Because this guide was developed in consultation with your professor, if you're not finding what you need from the resources here, talk to your professor or a librarian (using Ask Us button or contact on Home on this page).  To find out about other databases, use these links: