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HIST 2990: Historical Methods

This course guide supports HIST 2990: Historical Methods course at PennWest University.

Find books and articles about Historical Topics

Which resource/database on the History Subject guide….

...includes full-text coverage of  scholarly journals from the earliest volume through the previous 2-5 years?

….is a combined search of all CalU databases?  Besides journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, what types of item results can be found through this “database”?

…allows you to search and request books from academic libraries across Pennsylvania (and beyond)? 

Secondary Sources

Use the Secondary Source Types chart above to help you determine what kind of source your group was assigned. Prepare to briefly show the class the source and describe how you came to that conclusion.

Here are some guiding questions:

  • Who is the author? What are his/her credentials? What sorts of other works has this author written?
  • Does it include references/notes? What kinds of sources (primary, secondary), where and how are they listed in the source?
  • Is it an overview or in-depth? Is it descriptive or analytical? Who do you think its primarily intended for(audience)?
  • How could the source be helpful as a source for a paper? Any limitations?