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HIST 379: Historical Methods

Online content for historical research, monographs, encyclopedias, articles, book reviews, and primary sources

Welcome to the course guide for HIST 379: Historical Methods. 

This is a mini-website just for you, with suggestions on how to find books and other resources for your historical work, and videos and tutorials to help with your research writing. This guide focuses on online content for historical research.

Look for Historical Methods Tips for advice focused on your needs in this course. 

Guide Contents:

Forsyth Library Tutorials is the home to many helpful videos and modules, including Why Forsyth Library?, Collections Overview, Online Student Support, Using the Forsyth Library Catalog, Advanced Search Tips, and more. 

The Research Process walks through narrowing your topic, creating a research question, how to search for information resources, tips for synthesizing information and evaluating resources.

Monographs describes monographs, lists common university and academic publishers, and demonstrates how to search for e-books via Forsyth Library.

Encyclopedias/Tertiary Sources lists tertiary sources such as encyclopedias and bibliographies to find background information and find other sources.

Journals/Articles explains the peer-review process and list journal databases, frequently used history journals, commentary periodicals, and how to search for peer-reviewed articles via Forsyth Library.

Book Reviews defines books reviews and how to search for them.

Primary Sources explains the difference between primary and secondary sources, primary source formats, FHSU collections, FHSU databases, online primary source collections, and further resources to find sources, including WorldCat.

Author Information walks through how to find an author's affiliation, education, and previous publications.

InterLibrary Loan explains how to request items that Forsyth Library does not have access to.

Annotated Bibliographies recommends steps for writing book and article annotations, including Historical Primary Sources and an example written by an FHSU History graduate student. 

Chicago Citation lists resources for citing with the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS), provides quick templates to follow, and tips and tricks for using the Notes-Bibliography CMoS citation. 

Citation Management explains how to use a citation manager such as Zotero to save, organize, and share citations. 

One-on-One Help connects you with Ask a Librarian and how to get advice from a Librarian via chat, email, Zoom meeting, etc.