Doing History Research
Defining an "Us": Nationalism, Culture and Identity in Modern Europe
History 001U (Fall 2019)
Simon Elichko (selichk1)
Social Sciences & Data Librarian
• Getting a book from the library
• How to choose better keywords
• Choosing research tools + approaches
1. Go to tripod.swarthmore.edu
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 Worldcat.org
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: worldcat.org
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|
Political Customs and Rites
in Tripod, JSTOR, etc.
("memorials" OR "memorialization" OR "collective memory" OR "political customs and rites")
AND (europe OR european OR france OR french)
- Chat button in Tripod
- McCabe Research & Info Desk
- Located across from the McCabe front desk
- Drop by to get help from librarians and RIAs