Not a history major? Get started on the right track with encyclopedias.
If you are a history major, see the pages on the left.
History majors also use the print encyclopedias on history topics--browse 1st floor Reference in the 900's, or try searching using a very general term and the word encyclopedia.
Once you have an idea of your topic, look for books and documentaries in OneSearch, WorldCat, and the databases.
Lib Hack: some books reprint selections of primary source documents--diaries, historical newspaper articles, etc--which you can use as primary sources for your project. Look for "sources" on the subject terms list or use it directly as a keyword.
Since you are approaching your topic as a newbie, if you try to find articles first, you'll be pulled in a lot of directions by all the different specific aspects of a topic. That's why getting some background and then some book information will help you understand what more specific information you'd like to find in a researched article.
In the sciences, you often call something a primary research article if the topic is an original experimental study performed by the authors. In the humanities, a primary source is anything that is original to the time period which you are studying.
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