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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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Welcome to Historical Methodology

This guide will provide you with an overview of how to locate information for your research prospectus. 

If you need any additional help feel free to send me an email or schedule an appointment:

Professor Danielle Reay





    Truncation using ? or *

    For databases use: *

    For books in the catalog use: ?

    Letter* will return results for: Letter and Letters

    Boolean searching

    Letter* and war

    Letter* or Memoir* and war


    Getting Started

    1.   Get Organized. Research can be time consuming so take a few minutes to get organized and think about what you are looking for. Do you need current or historical information, statistical data or facts?

    2.  Break your Topic down into Keywords or Concepts. Think about possible synonyms for those words and phrases. Many searches may work with a single key concept, but you will often have two or more. If you need help generating keywords try this Keyword Exercise

    3.   Start broadly and narrow down as you go. Your first searches will give you a feel for what kind of information is available.

    4.  Scan the results of your search to see what kind of articles you retrieved. If you see a good article, look for additional keywords or even subject headings which have been attached to the article.  Try those in your search.

    5.   Be flexible. You may need to broaden or narrow your search depending on the amount and kind of information you find.

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