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HIST 2302 (Dr. Bowman): The Historian's Craft

Core Resources


Definitely search both:

  1. Our library catalog, for books we have here
  2. WorldCat, for books other libraries have and will send here for you via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Read the detailed tips on the Find Books page of this guide to most effectively use the catalog, WorldCat, and ILL.


Definitely search both:

  1. America: History & Life or Historical Abstracts (depending on whether your topic deals with the USA/Canada or not) for discovering articles from the greatest number of history journals and for more search tools, including the Historical Period limiter.
  2. JSTOR, for searching the full text of articles in the first issue up through, typically, 3-5 years ago from those journals in the JSTOR collections we have.

    We usually have 5 of JSTOR's 15 Arts & Sciences collections.
    During the expanded complimentary access until the end of June 2022, we have all of JSTOR's journal archives, but you can see what we'll always have from JSTOR in this spreadsheet
    and what we have temporary access to in this spreadsheet.

Primary Sources

Definitely do each of these:

  1. Look for the primary sources used and cited by your secondary sources. Mine the bibliographies of relevant books, articles, and dissertations.
  2. Look thoroughly in any possibly relevant digital, microform, or print collections described on the full Primary Sources guide.
  3. Search in our catalog and in WorldCat using subject terms and keywords described on the Catalog Searching page of the Primary Sources guide

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