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CMC Hist 120 - Native American History / D. Livesay / Spring 2021

Your Assignment and this guide

Welcome to the research course guide for Native American History.   This guide is a good place to start for primary sources you will need to locate for your final paper, whether those are those are physical primary sources from our own Special Collections or digital primary sources from a database -- or a mix of the two.    This guide is also a good place to start for secondary sources which you are also required to find for your paper to help you write your introduction, and give historical context,  to your primary sources.

 Just a few words about research that you can either heed or ignore:  seen holistically, these different types of sources make up the scholarly conversation.  Your research paper, responding to your topic and the sources you locate, is also part of the scholarly conversation.  What you find in your sources may alter the trajectory of your research.  In sum:  research is an art, not a science, and as such it is not linear. 

Please remember that I and other librarians are here to help you.  Don't hesitate to contact me or make an appointment.

Primary Research Databases and Web Sites

Primary Sources in Library Catalogs

Primary sources of all types can also be found in our regular, circulating books, in special collections, and beyond.  Here are few ways to find primary texts and sources by using our own  The Library Search.
 
1. Use the author search  to find books we have by a particular author, politician, journalist or another type of historical witness
 
2.  Do an advanced keyword search in The Library Search and then limit by publication year under “limit your search”) (note:  you can also limit by language and many other ways)
 
3. . Do an advanced keyword in Library Search and then limit by years and then limit to the word  "sources" in the subject field (by using the dropdown menu), for example:

"native american" in the subject  field (or "indians of North America")

"schools OR education" in the keyword or subject fileds

"sources" in the subject field. 
 
(this brings us the Library of Congress Subject subheading “sources” which is sometimes used to designate primary source collections of different kinds — as in
 
Indians of North America -- sources
 
 
A  rich source of primary materials is Honnold/Mudd Special Collections  and its librarians.  
 
 

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