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HIST 132: United States History II - Higgins

Special Collections & Archives Librarian

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Amber D'Ambrosio
Tomlinson Library 338
Special Collections and Archives
Subjects: Art & Design


  1. Which topic/question have you chosen (or think you might choose) for your annotated bibliography and final paper?
  2. What are some examples/quotes from the book that you think might help you write your final paper?
  3. Brainstorm some keywords and key phrases based on your topic and the examples/quotes from your book that you can use when searching for sources. (Examples: "cold war", racism, "Soviet Union", diplomacy, "Southeast Asia", Vietnam, Cambodia, "Korean peninsula", etc.)
  4. Which library and/or online resources will you try first to find your primary source?
  5. Which library resources will you try first to find your secondary sources?
  6. Try your keywords and key phrases in the catalog, database, or digital repository (online database of primary sources). Read the abstract, summary, or snippets from the document(s) or article(s) in your result list. How do you feel about the results? Do they seem relevant and useful for your topic?
  7. Can you use the facets (options) available to narrow down your results in a useful way? You can often narrow by subject, date of publication, etc.
  8. Try changing the keywords or key phrases. Do you get better or worse results with different keywords or key phrases?
  9. Try changing the database or digital repository. Do you get better or worse results using the same keywords or key phrases?
  10. What is challenging about finding your primary source and/or your secondary sources?
  11. Frustrated? Stuck? Contact me, visit the Research Help Desk in Tomlinson Library, or use the chat option on the library homepage to ask for help.