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American History 1

Strategies and tips for locating resources for your research project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignments

Professor Weber requires you to research & write three different research projects:

Here's what you will need:

Research Paper

  • a minimum of five sources
  • ​a good rule of thumb is to have one source for every page of the paper
  • two of your sources must be primary sources

​Social History Paper/Presentation

  • a minimum of 2-3 reputable sources
  • your source documents

​Museum Exhibit Paper

  • a minimum of five sources
  • ​a good rule of thumb is to have one source for every page of the paper
  • two of your sources must be primary sources

For all of your papers

  • you can use MLA, APA, or Chicago style for your citations and works cited page
  • ​the works cited page should be alphabetical
  • this separate page is in addition to your 6-7 page paper

It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!