HIST 1260

Research resources from UM Libraries


1.) Introduction to UM Libraries


2.) Searching 101 (Live demo and activity)


3.) Q&A Period

Libraries Homepage  

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.









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

Slideshow and handout posted here!

Scholarly Journal Articles

1.) ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library

  • A Full-Text Collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books. Their HCI subject tag features articles that deal with computer games and the humanities.

2.) Digital Humanities Quarterly 

  • An open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities including in-depth analyses of many computer games and methodologies for studying them.

3.) JSTOR or Project MUSE or EBSCOhost Academic Databases

  • These interdisciplinary databases allow you to search by subject. See "Searching 101" for strategies to best search these.

Reference Works

  • Includes encyclopedias, historical dictionaries, and bibliographies.


  • These 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 Sid Meier’s Colonization from Software Library: MS-DOS Games.

History Style Guide >Research> Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Electronic Literature Organization> Electronic Literature Collection or Turbulence

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 is the European settlement of North America represented in Sid Meier’s Colonization?



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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.


"Sid Meier’s Colonization"


"North America"



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


"computer games", "video games", "simulation games"

settlers, colonization, colonialism,

new world, united states, america, usa, canada






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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 unwanted content.


"simulation games" OR "computer games"

AND (settlers OR colonization)






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


coloni* (will show results for colonizers, colonies, colonialism etc)



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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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