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History Courses & Research

HI 302 Search Strategy: Traditional

Your search strategy: Traditional

  1. Browse encyclopedias, Credo Reference, or Wikipedia for narrowing ideas and further reading recommendations.
  2. Search in OneSearch and WorldCat for books.
  3. Search in the databases America: History & Life, JSTOR, and more for scholarly articles.
  4. Search books (many books reprint primary documents) and online for digitized archives and primary source material, such as oral histories.

See the main pages on this guide for more details about all of these strategies and resources.

Examples for Civil War Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias to get you started on your topic--or give you further ideas.

Civil War-specific Journals

Primary Source Collections in our books & online

Many of our encyclopedias are collections of primary source material, or include primary sources with summarizing commentary. The ones pointed out below may be in reference or the 1st floor.

Primary Source Collections in "encyclopedias"

Many of our encyclopedias are collections of primary source material, or include primary sources with summarizing commentary. The ones pointed out below may be in reference or the 1st floor.

Links for CIVIL WAR class - all have PRIMARY SOURCE documents digitized!

Websites specific to the Civil War--a great place to look for primary sources when appropriate.

An interesting article on a plantation owner who freed his slaves in 1791

It's not from the time period of your course, but it's interesting because it shows that this was possible 70 years before the Civil War, and you can ponder what might have been...

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