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HIST 091: Senior Research Seminar (SC)

History 091: Senior Research Seminar (Shokr and Weinberg, Fall 2018)

About the Guide

 

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

 

Starting Points:

Research Advice


Get advice on finding good sources for your project by talking with a librarian.

 

Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Office Hours: T & Th, 11am-1pm
  --- At the Research & Info Desk (McCabe)
• Schedule an appointment online
• selichk1@swarthmore.edu


Other Ways to Get Research Advice

See who's available (Research & Info Desk)
Chat with a RIA (peer research associate) or a librarian

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 Weinberg, Professor Shokr, 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. 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.