Research advice tailored to your project
This Research Guide suggests to databases, books, primary sources, and other resources that may be useful for your project.
You can work with Swarthmore librarian Sarah Elichko (as well as your professors) to discuss your research project and get focused advice for finding good sources.
Office Hours - Spring 2018
At McCabe Research & Info Desk
- Tuesdays, 11am-1pm
- Fridays, 1pm-3pm
- Schedule an appointment or email selichk1 to meet at another time
A few key tips for History 91
- 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).
- 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 - Professor Murphy, Professor Weinberg, your advisor, librarians, WAs, etc. - will help you clarify your thinking, identify useful resources, and stay on track with your project.
- Search strategically.
You might find good scholarly sources through keyword searches in JSTOR, but finding primary sources involves using different databases and search strategies. Furthermore, spelling, word choice, and geographic names may have been different during the time period you are researching. So if you are searching for primary source documents, you may need to use these older spellings and terms to find relevant sources.