By Lura Sanborn - Research & Instruction Librarian May 6th, 2010
Below are a few tips offered to those of you approaching the Humanities V research paper. Consider consulting the Humanities V Research Guide for a more detailed list of research sources including: reference books, magazines, databases, journal articles, and the free web.
Recommended Research Process
- Explore your topic in reference books for a helpful, instant grounding in the topic.
- As you locate useful material, cite it. Consider using Noodlebib as your citation management tool.
- Take note of special keywords that are specific to your topic. Use these keywords when searching the material described below.
- Use keyword and subject searches in Ohrstrom’s online catalog to locate books on your topic.
- Use JSTOR and ProQuest to find contemporary periodical articles on your topic.
- Use the Times [of London] and the U.S. Historical Newspaper databases to search for primary source newspaper coverage on your topic.
- Use American History in Video to search for U.S. newsreels on your topic.
- Note: Research rarely goes exactly as planned. You may find you need to veer from, re-sort or revisit the steps listed here.
Most importantly: Please feel free to ask a Librarian for help at any step along the way.