research workshop

History 027: Living with Total War




Sarah Elichko - Social Sciences Librarian - selichk1


// Why have this workshop on doing library research?

• 20-25 page research paper
• Including both primary and secondary sources
• Research on WWI = risk of information overload

Paper deadlines:

• March 27 - Preliminary Topic & Short Bibliography (primary + secondary sources)

• April 3 - Four-page analysis of one primary source

• April 24 - First version of paper due

• April 28 and 30 - Presentations & Peer Critiques

• May 15 - Final Version of Paper Due





World War I


First World War


The Great War



You'll need to find primary and secondary sources for your research paper.


Let's compare two ways to do this in Tripod.


"World War I"


"World War, 1914-1918"


1. Pair up as needed so that everyone has access to a laptop.


2. Go to Tripod, then to Books & More. Click on Advanced Search.

3. Set up the search shown on your handout.

notes: include double quotes, change drop-down menus from Keyword to Subject


4. Take a minute to browse through the results.


// Finding first-person perspectives //

// Finding first-person perspectives //

Personal Narratives

What kinds of people are represented?

Could you use any of these sources to research the home front? The front lines?  (Where were these people located during the war?)


Correspondence •

What kinds of people were writing these letters? To whom were they writing?


Sources •

Which types of sources are you finding included in these books?



// Where do you look for scholarly books and   

    articles by historians?

- Tripod - Scholarly books (also articles)

- Historical Abstracts - Articles and book reviews from history journals

- Arts & Humanities Citation Index / Web of Science - Articles from academic journals

- JSTOR - but doesn't include recent scholarship



Simplify your research:  start from the course Research Guide

// Other resources for research in this course

• Go through the Research Guide - browse the sections on finding primary sources and on finding secondary sources.


• Once you've done that, contact me to talk about your interests and finding sources effectively.


Sarah Elichko

selichk1 @ swarthmore

Office hours - Research & Info Desk

Mondays, 3-5 PM

Wednesdays, 1-3 PM


• For this course, try the WWI subject heading: "World War, 1914-1918"

• Look out for other relevant subject headings, and use them

• Search for subjects (instead of just searching for keywords)

        There's usually a drop-down menu option for this in most academic databases.

• Exact phrases go in double quotes ("like so")

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