Doing History Research

Defining an "Us": Nationalism, Culture and Identity in Modern Europe

History 001U (Fall 2019)

Sarah Elichko (selichk1)

Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Workshop Agenda:

• Getting a book from the library
• How to choose better keywords

• Choosing research tools + approaches

2. Look up your book in Tripod.

     - Search for the book's title         
     - Click link for the print/paper copy
           -- Look for: Available at...

           -- Not: Available Online

3. Find and copy the Subject terms for your book.

      - Scroll down to Details section

      - Copy the Subject terms listed there
      - Paste into a blank document

Choosing Better Search Terms

Concept 1

Concept 2








Collective Memory

Political Customs and Rites

How to Do This Search
in Tripod, JSTOR, etc.

("memorials" OR "memorialization" OR "collective memory" OR "political customs and rites")

AND  (europe OR european OR france OR french)







Now search

Use the same Subjects you used in Tripod.

Worldcat = Find books across libraries

• You can borrow other libraries' books (for free)

   through McCabe  (EZBorrow + Interlibrary Loan)

Scholarly / Secondary Sources

Books + Book Chapters:

   • Search Tripod, the TriCo library catalog: 

   • Also try: Worldcat

Journal Articles + Book Reviews:

   • A subject-specific database such as
     Historical Abstracts can give more relevant results

   • Also try: JSTOR, Project Muse

For links, see: History 001U Research Guide

Navigating the historiography:

Choosing your research tools

Research Tool Content Focus Geographic Focus (of articles) Matches your search term in...
Historical Abstracts Articles from History journals Outside of the US and Canada Summary of each article
America, History & Life Articles from History journals US and Canada Summary of each article
JSTOR Articles from journals (all fields) All Every word in the article

Research help and advice:

Sarah's Office Hours:
   W 3-5pm, Th 11am-1pm
   (at McCabe Research & Info Desk)

Appointment Scheduler
   Linked from Research Guide

Find another time to meet

Quick questions --> McCabe Research & Info Desk

• Drop by + get help from librarians and RIAs

• Open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm (view hours)

HIST 001U - Defining an "Us" Nationalism, Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe

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HIST 001U - Defining an "Us" Nationalism, Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe

Slides for research workshop for History 001U (09/17/19)

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