Doing History Research

Promised Lands: European Settler Colonies, 1830-1962 /
History 001W (Spring 2019)

Sarah Elichko (selichk1)

Social Sciences & Data Librarian

Workshop Agenda:

• Getting a book from the library
• How to use one book to find other research on your topic (Worldcat)
• Comparing research tools + approaches (Historical Abstracts)


Look for the copyright page in your book.

Subjects provide consistent terms for describing ideas.
You can use subject terms to help find related books.

Go to

Search for your book + open the page for it.

Look for Subjects (should be near the top)

         - If not, click "View All Editions & Formats," then try

           another link for the book.

Click on a subject - what do you see?

Worldcat = Find books across libraries

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

   through McCabe  (EZBorrow + Interlibrary Loan)

Scholarly / Secondary Sources

To find books and book chapters:

   • Search Tripod, the TriCo library catalog: 
To find journal articles and book reviews:

   • A subject-specific database such as
     Historical Abstracts can give more relevant results

   • Also try multi-subject databases (e.g. JSTOR, Project Muse)

For links, see: History 001W Research Guide


OR settlers
OR settlement

OR settled



How to do this search (in Historical Abstracts, Tripod, etc.)

(Algeria OR Algerian OR Algerians) AND (France OR French OR Francophone)

1. Try this search in Historical Abstracts.

2. Then try it with other search terms (keep the structure the same).

AND (settler OR settlers OR settlement)

Choosing better keywords:

Navigating the historiography:

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

Get advice on your research:
Sarah Elichko  (Social Sciences Librarian)

• Office hours, TTh 11am-1pm
   (at McCabe Research & Info Desk)

• Appointment scheduler:
    -- Linked from History 001W Research Guide

• Email