research workshop

History 027: Living with Total War

 

 

 

Sarah Elichko - Social Sciences Librarian - selichk1

Sara Powell - Research & Instruction Resident - spowell1

 

// Why have this workshop on doing library research?

• 15-20 page research paper
• Including both primary and secondary sources
• Research on WWI = risk of information overload

Upcoming deadline:

• March 20 - Preliminary topic & short bibliography (primary + secondary sources)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What kinds of primary sources would have been produced during World War I?

 

To respond:

Go to PollEv.com/sarapowell281

or

text SARAPOWELL281 to 37607 once to join.

What's in a primary source?

Pair up, and take a look at the book of published primary sources and the handout of primary source subheadings.

 

  1. What types of primary sources does your book include?
     
  2. Based on the handout, try to decide which genre subheadings might describe the book's contents.

 

Search for your book in Tripod
(​tripod.swarthmore.edu)

Look at the Subjects in the Tripod record.
How do your genre terms compare?

Finding Published Primary Sources using Tripod

(i.e. how to search more effectively)

Exploring Primary Sources Online:
Europeana &
The First World War Poetry Archive

Still working in pairs, find primary sources that relate to one example from your book.

 

1. Go to the Research Guide for this course and find links in the "Resources for Class" box.
 

2. Have one person search Europeana, and the other search the First World War Poetry Archive.

3. As you search, look for filters and other tools to narrow your results (e.g. by date, language, or country).

Connecting Primary and Secondary Sources


If you have an interesting primary source, how do you find relevant scholarship to contextualize and understand this document?

 Example 1 
Finding Books

Example 2
Finding Journal Articles

Connecting Primary and Secondary Sources

Still in pairs, search for secondary sources:
      - One person searches Tripod
      - The other searches Historical Abstracts

Set up your search

       1.  Group similar terms:
              ("world war i" OR "great war" OR "world war, 1914- 1918")
 

       2. Add other terms:

              ("world war i" OR "great war" OR "world war, 1914- 1918")
              AND  communication
              AND  technology

Sarah Elichko
​Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Office hours, Spring 2017:  
T 11-1 & W 1-3
(held at the Research & Info Desk in McCabe)

To meet at another time, email selichk1@swarthmore.edu

 

Sara Powell
Research & Instruction Resident Librarian

Office hours, Spring 2017:
T 3-5 & Th 3-5
(held at the Research & Info Desk in McCabe)

To meet at another time, email spowell1@swarthmore.edu

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