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HIST 5309 - Meringer

Library research guide for HIST 5309, Studies in Latin American History: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Reconciliation

Introduction

Research guide for History 5309 Studies in Latin American History: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Reconciliation, Fall 2022.

Getting Started with Research

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Quality historical research takes time. Start early.
  • You will probably start with a broader topic and then narrow it to fit your assignments.
  • Always start with a keyword search in the library catalog. You might need to refine your search terms or do multiple keyword searches. See the "Advanced Searching" tab for more information.
  • Truncate words if needed and use Boolean search terms if needed (and, or, not).
  • To find primary sources, use search terms like personal narratives, sources, documents, memoirs, and autobiography.
  • Click on appropriate Library of Congress subject headings in catalog records to find more sources.
  • Consult an archivist or library subject specialist.
  • If possible, call or email an archivist before you visit an archives or special collections department.
  • Start with secondary sources (i .e. books, scholarly articles, encyclopedias) for context and literature reviews.
  • Mine bibliographies of secondary sources  (i.e. see what sources historians used).
  • Pay attention to authors: if one name keeps coming up in all your searches, that may be an important scholar in the field.
  • After reviewing secondary sources, proceed to studying primary sources.
  • Take careful notes when reviewing primary and secondary sources.
  • Make sure to document where images, quotes, ideas, etc. came from.
  • Proofread your work carefully.

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