Historical topics will most likely benefit from a traditional research process approach. Look for encyclopedias to give your topic context and show what more specific subtopics you could pursue. Watch the video to learn how to use encyclopedias in more advanced ways than simply keyword ideas.
Historical topics related to Spanish may show up in several areas, so be adventurous:
Books and documentaries can be found in OneSearch, WorldCat, and the streaming databases.
Learning how to use subject terms will transform your search results.
Articles and primary source subjects vary widely, so it helps you to know what you are looking for before jumping in.
Google News can provide good coverage, but not everything is full-text, so be sure to check out ProQuest Central and Newspaper Source plus for more access.
You answer these three questions every time you use a source, whether you know it or not. As you choose sources for everything from 1st-year courses to major-specific research courses to real life, notice how you answer these questions to ensure your sources are really meeting your needs.
Quick reference for the three questions:
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