Recommended Starting Points
By talking with a librarian about your research interests,
you can get advice on finding good sources.
Sarah Elichko (Social Sciences Librarian)
• Office hours: Tuesdays, 11-1 + Wednesdays, 1-3
-- Held at the Research & Info Desk in McCabe
• Schedule an appointment online
Other Ways to Get Research Advice
Tips for Doing Research
- Use relevant bibliographies.
Once you have found a good article or book on your topic, look at
the references cited by this author. You might find scholarly and
- Search historically.
Particularly when searching for primary source documents, keep
in mind that spelling, word choice, and geographic names may have
been different during the time period you're researching.
- Need background info? Try reference sources.
Print and online reference works can give you the basic historical
context for your topic, and enable you to identify key participants, dates,
events, and concepts. (See the Overviews page for recommendations.)
- Ask for help when you need it.
Don't hesitate to ask a librarian or your professor for
assistance with finding and analyzing sources.