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History Research Guide: History Research Guide

This guide is intended as a point to departure for research in history. You will find search strategies to help guide your exploration of historical sources, as well as recommended databases.

How To Use This Guide

This guide is intended as a point to departure for research in history. The menu on the left will take you to individual pages containing an in-depth look at that specific source type, as well as recommended databases. Crunched for time? Use the tabs bellow to choose your source type and find a short list of best bet resources. If you encounter any problems or just want help navigating the wide array of historical resources offered by BGSU, please do not hesitate to reach out to a librarian.

Knowing basic information about your topic is the first step of any history project. Encyclopedias and historical dictionaries are great places to start. 

Most databases allow users to limit their search to only "scholarly articles" by clicking a corresponding box. This option does a reasonably good job of limiting your results to high-quality, academic articles. 

Newspapers are a rich source of historical context. They not only give insight in to major national and international events, but they provide context for the daily lives of historical actors.

Primary Sources are vital components to rich historical scholarship, but for new historians, finding them can be challenging. Use these resources to help guide your exploration. 

Citing your sources is a vital part of the academic process that signals academic Integrity and scholarly respect. Chicago style is the preferred citation style for the discipline of history. 

Although Chicago is preferred, your instructor may allow you to also use APA or MLA.

Be sure to ask your professor which citation style is required for the course or check your course syllabus.

OWL Purdue is also a great resources that has information about all three styles in easy to use guides.