HIST 2180

Research resources from UM Libraries


1.) Introduction to UM Libraries


2.) Searching 101 (Live demo and activity)


3.) Q&A Period

Why use the library?

  • We live in an era of information overload.


  • Search engines like Google can be biased and carry a host of privacy concerns.


  • Librarians are curators of information (quality over quantity).


Libraries Homepage  

Search our collection with the Library Search!


The Search Bar

  • This broad search engine spans our entire physical/electronic catalogue.


  • Will bring up SOME but not ALL databases UM subscribes to.


  • Be sure to sign in to see the greatest number of results.















Research During COVID-19


Click this link for more information about:


1.) Requesting physical books.


2.) Accessing eBooks and articles.


3.) Requesting a scanned portion of a book.


4.) Accessing the HathiTrust collection.



Books and eBooks


  • eBooks can be found in library search by searching for books and limiting to "full text online" on the left of the screen.

Books and eBooks

  • Subject headings will lead you to similar resources.

Accessing HathiTrust 

1. Following the "Full text available in HathiTrust" link, click the LOG IN button in the top right corner. Select University of Manitoba as your partner institution.

2. Sign in using your UM email account and your email password.

3. At the bottom of the following page, under Viewability, there will be a Temporary Access link; click on that.

4. If available, a "Check Out" button will appear on the following screen. If the book is currently in use, check back at a later time by refreshing the page.

Document Delivery

  • Starting Oct 4th, Dafoe will resume their document delivery service for print items.


  • You can request a copy of up to 10% or one chapter of a book (see example).


  • Form for document delivery requests.









The History Subject Guide

1.) Research: Provides links to journal articles, Books and eBooks, Primary Sources and more.


2.) Writing: Information about citation, writing, and style



The History Subject Guide

Scholarly Journal Articles

1.) International Medieval Bibliography

  • Interdisciplinary articles from periodicals, conference proceedings, books. You can search by century, geography, and language.


2.) Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials

  • Contains journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion, including ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals.


3.) Religion: Oxford Research Encyclopedias

  •  Contains articles written and peer-reviewed by experts of the topic. Articles are monitored and updated regularly.





Reference Works

  • Includes encyclopedias, historical dictionaries, and bibliographies.


  • Will give you a quick overview of a person, movement, or period in time.



  • UM Library Search > limit Resource Type to Reference Entries.





Primary Sources

  • A primary source is an artifact, document, diary, manuscript, autobiography, recording, or any other source of information created during a particular time period.


  • For example The Didache.


History Style Guide >Research> Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Digital Collections> Digital Primary Sources> Medieval & Early Modern Europe> European History Primary Resources

Citation and Style Guides

  • Detailed info about citation can be found in the History subject guide.


  • Use AskUs for quick citation questions, or email me for more in-depth concerns.




Searching 101

Demo and activity

Searching 101

1.) Phrase your topic as a research question.


How did Christianity affect the lives of women in the Roman world?



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2.) Break your question into keywords. Use “quotation marks” to include phrases with multiple words. In general more keywords = more specific = fewer results.


"roman empire"





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3.) Think of synonyms to describe each concept. A dictionary or thesaurus is useful at this stage.


christianity, christian, religion, spirituality


women, female, woman, females, gender






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4.) Add Boolean operators to supercharge your search. AND will help you narrow down results, OR will help you broaden them, NOT will exclude unrelated content.


"roman empire"


(christianity OR christian OR religion OR spirituality)


(women OR female OR woman OR females OR gender)




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5.)  Use Wildcards (*) to search for all possible word endings.


christian* (will show results for christian, christians, christianity)



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6.) Use the CRAAP test to critically evaluate sources.


Currency (When was the source published?)

Relevancy (Who is the intended audience?)

Authority (Who is the author and what is their background?)

Accuracy (Where is the information coming from? Is it a peer-reviewed source)

Purpose (to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?)


Benjamin Dueck

Librarian for History & Archival Studies

Elizabeth Dafoe Library





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