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HIS3320 Global America: The U.S. in World Affairs, 1700 to the Present


This research guide is for students of HIS 3320: Global America: The United States in World Affairs, 1700 to the Present. It helps you navigate through the research process and connects you to resources at Weldon Library and online. The guide also provides you with the research tools you need to successfully complete class assignments, especially your in-depth research paper.

This guide is organized into the different stages of the research process, from planning and designing your research; to finding and citing articles, books, and primary sources; and finally to writing and presenting your research findings.

Table of Contents

  • Get Started

    • Plan Your Research: Find Manuals and Handbooks

    • Get an Overview of Your Topic: Find Encyclopedias & Reference Books

  • Review the Literature

    • Find Scholarly Journal Articles 

    • Find e-Books and Print Books

    • Identify Key Journals in the Field

  • Find Primary Sources

    • Distinguish between Primary and Secondary Sources

    • Identify Key Databases for Primary Sources

    • Find Primary Sources Online

  • Write and Cite

    • Seek Out Writing Support

    • Use Citation Tools and Guides (Chicago Manual of Style)

  • Further Information

    • Troubleshoot Problems Accessing Library Materials

    • Learn about Indigenous Services at Western University