Doing History Research

Defining an "Us": Nationalism, Culture and Identity in Modern Europe

History 001U (Fall 2019)

Simon Elichko (selichk1)

Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Workshop Agenda:

• Getting a book from the library  
• How to choose better keywords

• Choosing research tools + approaches

2. Look up your book in Tripod.

     - Search for the book's title         
     - Click link for the print/paper copy
           -- Look for: Available at [library]

           -- Not: Available Online

3. Find the Subject terms for your book.

      - Scroll down to Details section. Find the line Subject.
      - Click on the subjects. What do you find?

      - What happens if you remove the last term from a subject search?

Choosing Better Keywords

How to use Subjects in Tripod
to find books on a topic

Now search

Use the same Subjects you used in Tripod.

Worldcat = Find books across libraries

• You can borrow other libraries' books (for free)

   through McCabe  (EZBorrow + Interlibrary Loan)

Tools for Finding Scholarly / Secondary Sources

Books + Book Chapters:

   • Search Tripod, the TriCo library catalog: 

   • To expand your results, search Worldcat:

Journal Articles + Book Reviews:

   • A subject-specific database such as Historical Abstracts

     can help you find relevant journal articles.

   • Also try: JSTOR, Project Muse

For links, see: History 001U Research Guide

Choosing your research tools

Research Tool Content Focus Geographic Focus (of articles) Matches your search term in...
Historical Abstracts Articles from History journals Outside of the US and Canada Summary of each article
America, History & Life Articles from History journals US and Canada Summary of each article
JSTOR Articles from journals (all fields) All Every word in the article

Concept 1

Concept 2








Collective Memory

Political Customs and Rites

Searching Effectively
in Tripod, JSTOR, etc.

("memorials" OR "memorialization" OR "collective memory" OR "political customs and rites")

AND  (europe OR european OR france OR french)







Research help and advice:

Appointment Scheduler
   Linked from Research Guide

Find another time to meet

Quick questions?

  • Chat button in Tripod
  • McCabe Research & Info Desk
    • Located across from the McCabe front desk
    • Drop by to get help from librarians and RIAs