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History

A guide to help you locate books, scholarly articles, and primary sources as well as citation guidelines related to historical research.

Historical Research

This guide will help you locate books and scholarly articles through the library plus primary sources, and citation guidelines related to historical research. Consider using reference sources to begin gathering background information on your topic.

  • You might find the Introduction to Library Research useful if you've never worked on a research project at the university level.
  • If you need help getting started, finding information, or have a question about resources, contact a librarian.
  • In order to access the library electronic materials (books, journals and databases) log in to MyUTampa.
  • If you need assistance with your Spartans Domain log-in information, please contact the IT Help Desk at StudentHelp@ut.edu or at x6255.

Suggested Steps

Use the tabs to the left to navigate this guide.

  1. Best Bets - Start with a couple of quick searches of Summon and a subject-specialized database like JSTOR to get a feel for the type and quantity of sources available. Play around with the suggested search terms.
  2. Background InformationSometimes you need a definition or basic fact for your paper that you can't find in a scholarly article. Or perhaps you need a more basic understanding of your topic before diving deeper into scholarly research. This is where reference sources, such as encyclopedias, come in handy.
  3. Books - Start here if you're looking for books.
  4. Articles - Start here if you're looking for articles (of any type). Don't forget to try different search terms.
  5. Primary Sources - Find primary sources for your historical research.
  6. Websites - These professional and non-profit websites may prove useful for your research.
  7. Citations - Proper citation is a critical part of the scholarly process.
  8. Not having any luck?

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