The main database for US and Canadian History. Start here to find peer reviewed articles, scholarly books, and book reviews. For history of any other part of the world back to 1450, use Historical Abstracts.
Provides access to resources owned by the Claremont Colleges Library, and to millions of resources from libraries worldwide that we do not own. In addition to physical materials housed in the library, Library Search also provides access to online sources (e-books, articles, dissertations, and streaming video and audio).
Types of History Research: Primary VS. Secondary
Your professor may require you to find scholarly sources popular sources, secondary sources or primary sources on your topic. Here's a very basic guide if you need more details:
Primary Sources: Primary sources are the raw stuff of history. Examples of primary sources:
diaries and journals
newspaper or magazine articles,
novels, plays, or poetry
reports, autobiographies, memoirs, or books written during the time of an event
Some Primary Sources are also known as popular sources.
Secondary or Scholarly Sources:
These are the peer reviewed articles and scholarly books that historians write after they have worked with the primary sources -- and consulted other secondary articles or books.
Historiography: Historiography is the study of how historians have interpreted historical events throughout time. The student of the historiography of the Peloponnesian War, for example, might want to compare Thucycides with colonial and revolutionary American interpretations of what Thucycides and other classical authors had to say about military might and democratic aspirations. One way of doing this comparative interpretation, is looking for bibliographies on a subject or using the keyword "historiography" in Library Search or an online scholarly database such as Historical Abstracts or America: History and Life.