AWP:

INVESTIGATION AND EXCAVATION

IDEAS

Is your topic have local historical significance? If yes, look to America's Historical Newspapers for sources.

Consider town and state historical societies (ex. Arlington Historical Society)

Consider archives and museums on the web; they often have access to images and primary sources that will serve useful.

*use a dictionary! you may encounter terms you've never heard before.

SEARCHING TIPS


" "

quotes around a search term keeps terms together; search engine won't search for each term separately (ex. "washington monument")

~

tilda's before search terms search for like terms (ex. ~washington monument will search for washington monuments, washington monument, monuments in washington, and beyond...

LIBRARY RESOURCES

EBSCO for background information, books, scholarly secondary sources, news, videos.

AMERICA'S HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS use the advanced search option if you are looking at an individual or local event--this resource has many local newspapers, dating back as early as 1700.

TIPS + TRICKS

Doing research at home? You will need to log into the database. Refer to the username and password here.

REMEMBER: You need to cite your sources in Chicago style. Here are the citation managers we have available.