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Hello, this is the library research guide for Prof. Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley's section of HIST 400 Junior Seminar in Methods and Historiography, with links to resources to help with your research.

Please note: in order to access full text ebooks and articles, you will need to authenticate with your SDSUid and password, unless you are on campus or logged into the VPN.

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During the library session, you'll be working on a couple of practice questions. Please right click the link to this Google doc and open it in a new tab. It will prompt you to save a copy for yourself. Note: you'll need to be logged into your email for the link to work. 

Library Resources in the time of Covid

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This includes:

  • Details on Domeside Pickup of books and DVDs in our collection
  • How to get research and computer help via online chat
  • Requesting books from other libraries through CSU+, Circuit, and interlibrary loan programs

You can also consult the Doing Research Remotely page for tips on finding and accessing ebooks, full text articles, dissertations and theses, data and statistics, and primary sources.

Feel free to contact Laurel Bliss if you run into problems or have questions. We can chat via email or Zoom, whatever works best for you.

Tips on using OneSearch

  • Use OneSearch to find books, including ebooks. Stick with subject databases to find articles.
  • One exception: OneSearch works well when you have a citation to an article and need to know if we have it in full text.
  • Use the Advanced Search option for the most control over your search.
  • Two of the most helpful ways to "Tweak my results" are limiting by resource type (aka books) and publication date.
  • Expand your search by clicking the "CSU Print Titles" radio button. You can request books from other CSU libraries and pick them up via Domeside Pickup.
  • Once you've found a book that looks interesting, click the "Cite" icon for the book's citation formatted in any style you choose.
  • Logging into "My account" allows you to save records for later or you can email them to yourself.

Advanced Search Strategies

  • Generate keywords to describe your topic, being mindful of synonyms.
  • Keep your search simple at first, using only a couple of words. Try different combinations of words.
  • Use quotes for phrases such as "new york" to keep the words together. 
  • Use the asterisk for truncation, so that photo* will bring up photographs, photographers, etc.
  • Limit your search by filters such as date of publication, language, or peer-reviewed articles.
  • If you find a source that seems directly on topic, look closely to see what words they use. These can be in the title, table of contents, subjects, or summary.
  • Try your search in different databases.

Searching for Historiographical Essays

Historiographical essays are similar to literature reviews, in that they address scholarship on a particular topic, rather than the topic itself. These critical essays are often a helpful introduction to the top historians in a field as well as a way to highlight the major issues, points of contention, and how approaches and interpretations have changed over time.

Some ways to find these types of essays:

  • Use historiography as a subject in OneSearch, along with words describing your topic.
  • Try this same strategy in history databases such as America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, and JSTOR.
  • Another option is browsing through issues of History Compass, which is a journal that specializes in historiographical essays.
  • It may not be immediately obvious that an article is an historiographical essay. You'll want to read the abstract to see if the author mentions other works in the field as a key component of their paper.