African American History, 1619-1865
Reference & Instruction Resident Librarian
Social Sciences & Data Librarian
• Ways to find interesting primary sources
• How to choose better search terms
• Using specialized research tools for historians
Finding interesting primary sources
A specialized website is often more useful than a general Google search.
- Databases of historical newspaper articles
- Online collections of correspondence and personal papers
- Digitized transcripts from Congressional hearings and other government documents
Go forth + get your book! (and bring it back with you)
// Work in pairs (+ one group of three)
// To find the right floor, look at the first letter of your call number.
Books in McCabe
• A-E --> Lower Level
• F-K --> Level 2
• L-Z --> Level 3
Find one good source --> find others
// Research strategy //
Use one good source (+ Tripod) to find others
1. Search for your book in Tripod.
2. Look at the information and
links provided in the Tripod
record for your book.
3. See if you can find similar and related works.
(Open each in a new tab.)
Work on this for a few minutes. We'll discuss afterward.
Tripod record --> other works
Subjects / subject headings
Call # browse
How do you choose better search terms?
Consider whether you're looking for primary or secondary sources
One approach: subjects + advanced search
Keywords, subjects, genre terms
Specialized research tools for historians:
Primary source databases
e.g. African American Newspapers
Scholarly journal article databases
e.g. America, History and Life
Find these and other research tools on the guide for History 007A.
As you're working on your research project for this class:
- Start with the History 007 research guide
- Talk with a librarian for ideas and advice
- Sara Powell
- Sarah Elichko
History 007A - African American History
By Swarthmore Reference