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HIST 2001 - Historical Writing

This guide is intended as a point to departure for research in history. You will find search strategies and writing resources to help guide you through your HIST 2001 writing project.


Once background knowledge as been gathered and a research questions posed, research can begin in order to answer that question. While the encyclopedias used in the pre-search are great sources for contextual knowledge, the sources you seek in the research process are meant to help you form and back-up your own argument or point-of-view, thus these sources must the scholarly. The bellow chart can help you make that determination. 

Scholarly vs Popular

When conducting your research, it is important for you to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Databases are used to find and identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of documents.

Journal articles are usually referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are commonly considered "popular."

Consider these points when differentiating between journals and magazines:

Criteria Scholarly Journal Popular Magazine/Blog/Online Publication
Audience Academics and/or Researchers, Professionals General Public
Authors Experts and/or Specialists Journalists and/or Freelance Writers
Editorial Review/Peer Review Journal Editorial Board and peer reviewers Professional Editors
Reference/Works Cited Yes Not always required or provided

Other Great Database Options

Although Summon is a great place to start, there are other database options - especially for history specific research.