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Honors Western Civilization 1

Strategies & tips for locating resources for your research project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professor Golden requires you to use:

  • your collection of primary sources by John Aberth
  • four secondary sources
    • you may use Jared Diamond as one of your secondary sources
    • you may use no more than one encyclopedic work
    • focus on using textbooks, monographs (books), journal articles and other sources both print and electronic
  • make sure your sources are reputable, peer reviewed works of history

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!