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HIST 3000: Christopher Conte: Finding Secondary Sources
The Library provides access to a few hundred research databases, which are specialized search engines used for locating citations to articles and other research material related to specific topics. Keep in mind that as you do scholarly research, you should look for peer-reviewed resources and think very carefully about how to evaluate your sources. For research in history, I recommend starting with the following options, depending on your focus. (Contact me directly for other specialized tools.)
World history and culture citation-and-abstract database. Dates of coverage run from 1450 to the present. The database includes citations to publications from around the world in more than 50 languages relating to world history fields such as: diplomatic history, economic history, intellectual history, social history, cultural history, military history, political history, history of religion, and the history of science and technology.
Note: This database does not cover the classical or early modern world. Additionally, please use America: History and Life to locate citations related to the United States and Canada.
IMB Indexes books, articles, book chapters, and other publications on the European Middle Ages, covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the period 400-1500 (USU's subscription is provided through the Tanner Endowment Fund). The IMB was founded in 1967 with the support of the Medieval Academy of America. Its editorial staff is based at the International Medieval Institute at the University of Leeds, supported by scholars at institutions around the world.
This database, published by the Socit Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, is a specialized bibliographic collection of scholarly works relating to all aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The online database includes all volumes of the annual index, beginning with Volume I published in 1928.
Need the PDF/full-text?
Use Article Linker to search for full-text across all databases. If the article isn't available, choose Request via ILLiad or use interlibrary loan to request a copy from another library.
Identify resources at your library and in the collections of the world's libraries. WorldCat Discovery is available to all current OCLC FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel with WorldCat Discovery through December 31, 2015. Items held by Utah State University are listed first in the search results.
Do you need tips on how to use WorldCat? Watch the video below.
Find Background Information
When you are looking for background information, it is often useful to use a specialized encyclopedia or other reference tool. There are literally thousands of these types of works that can help you grab a quick fact or get a scholarly overview of a topic. Try some of the sources below or contact me directly if you would like help identifying a useful background source.