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HIST 091: Senior Research Seminar (SC)

History 091: Senior Research Seminar (Megan Brown and Bruce Dorsey, Fall 2019)

About this Guide

This research guide suggests databases, books, primary sources, and other resources for your History 091 project.

Starting Points:

Research Advice

Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Office Hours: W, 3-5pm & Th, 11am-1pm / At Research & Info Desk (McCabe)
• Schedule an appointment online
• Other times by appointment: selichk1@swarthmore.edu


Chat, drop-in hours, and more:  Ask a Librarian or RIA

A few key tips for History 91

  1. Start early.
    Give yourself extra time to explore, read, and write during the fall semester. Starting early could include thinking about your potential research question, possible primary sources you could use, and/or looking at relevant secondary sources (e.g. scholarly books, journal articles).
     
  2. Reach out + ask questions
    Scholarship is often envisioned as a solitary pursuit, but a key part of the History 91 involves expanding your knowledge and research skills by benefiting from the expertise of others. Talking with other people about your work is essential and will help you clarify your thinking, identify useful resources, and stay on track with your project. (Some of the people you might talk to include Professor Brown, Professor Dorsey, your advisor, librarian Sarah Elichko, other librarians, WAs, and RIAs)
     
  3. Search strategically.
    You might find good scholarly sources through keyword searches in JSTOR, but finding primary sources involves using different databases and search strategies. Spelling, word choice, and geographic names may have been different during the time period you're researching.  Keep this in mind when you're searching for primary source documents. (And don't hesitate to reach out if you need help navigating this process.)