Research Workshop

Rebuilding Russia after the Collapse

of Communism / History 39

Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Today's Workshop

  • Research strategies
  • Finding relevant articles & books
  • Navigating your project
  • Locating interesting primary sources

Research Strategies

 

Differentiate between:

Research    →   Larger process of inquiry
Searching   
→   Seeking partial answers

 

Use research tools that give you more control over filtering results.

 

Actively make sense of your findings as you go.

 

Using Historical Abstracts

Strategy:  Use research tools that give you more control over filtering results.

- Research tool for finding relevant articles and books
- Focuses on scholarly sources in history

 

Get started: Go to Tripod (tripod.swarthmore.edu)

                      Select Research Guides (link at top)

Using Historical Abstracts

On Research Guides, search for History 039

Get started: Go to Tripod (tripod.swarthmore.edu)

                      Select Research Guides (link at top)

 On the History 039 Research Guide:
 
- Look for Historical Abstracts

 - Open Historical Abstracts, click yellow S (circle)

Search Historical Abstracts for:
Russia Putin historiography

Navigating your project

One relevant article --> possible directions

Research (your thinking + understanding)

Searching (finding secondary + primary sources)

• Background information, names, dates

• Other scholars' arguments, their methods

   and approaches

• This scholar's bibliography (articles, books,

   primary sources that they cite)

• Books & articles that cite this source  (Google Scholar)
• Vocabulary - words you can use to search for    

   other sources

Locating interesting primary sources

Suggested research tools
+ approaches:

• News Databases  (more filters, selection,

       historical coverage)

• Government sources

 

After this workshop:

• Contact Sarah for advice on finding sources
• Consult the Hist 39 Research Guide  

   for links and suggestions.