ERIC Number: ED211440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Library Research Guide to History. Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources. ("Library Research Guides" Series, No. 4).
One in a series, this guide takes the college student through the steps involved in a thorough, systematic research of any topic in history. Beginning with the basics, the guide covers selecting a topic, locating an authoritative summary of the topic, taking clear notes, and narrowing the topic. Subsequent chapters cover the use of general guides and indexes to reference sources and the use of card catalogs. One chapter discusses methods for evaluating books. For example, by using a selective bibliography such as the "Harvard Guide to American History," students can identify books of a scholarly merit. Reviews which can be identified through sources such as "Reviews in American History" can be very helpful in evaluating books. Indexes which a student can use to locate current information are described. The bibliographic tools that provide access to government publications, which contain a wealth of information on U.S. history, are examined. The student learns about biographical sources and guides to historical literature. How to find what you need when your library does not have it is the final topic discussed. Appendices include an outline of search strategies for term papers in history, a library knowledge test, an outline of basic reference sources for courses in history, and guidelines to help students proceed with library research. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Card Catalogs, Guidelines, Higher Education, History Instruction, Indexes, Information Retrieval, Library Guides, Library Instruction, Library Skills, Reference Materials, Research Skills, Search Strategies, Student Research, United States History, World History
Pierian Press, 5000 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ($5.95 paper copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reference Materials - General; Collected Works - Serials
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