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FYS 100 (2): American City, American Culture (Sackley): Home

This guide is to assist students with assignments and research in Dr. Sackley's FYS course.

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Research & Writing Help

Research Help

For research help, contact Lynda Kachurek, History Librarian, Boatwright Library.  Help is also available from the on-call liaison librarians between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and 2 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, and you may also text, chat, email or call for research help as well from the Ask A Librarian and Chat with a Librarian button on the library home page.

Writing Help

Do you need help with grammar, syntax, or the organization of your paper?  If so, the Writing Center can help you improve your writing skills.

Citation Help

Citing Sources - UR Library website on citing sources and citation styles, including tutorials on how to use bibliography management tools.

Related LibGuides

Getting Started

This LibGuide provides an overview of resources available for research and completing your assignments for Dr. Sackley's FYS course.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like help with your research.

Tips for Library Research in History

1.   History Research should begin at the library web site found at and follow the link to Research Guides by Subject/Major.  Choose History and then choose the Course-Specific Guides or individual databases and web sites appropriate to your topic.  You can access other subject areas, e.g., Art, Anthropology, Literature, Political Science, Women studies etc, when appropriate to your research.


2.   Catalogs, like the UR Library Catalog and WorldCat, are useful for finding books, primary sources, bibliographies, and reference works.  To find journal or newspaper articles you will need to use online indexes and fulltext databases.

   A good book or journal article can be a bridge to more research sources if it has footnotes or a bibliography.  When looking for books, be sure to browse the shelves around the book you are looking for in the collection.  Often you will find other books related to your topic are nearby!


4.  Where available, use the subject heading features in the library catalog and databases to discover other similar headings used, because the same topic may have been assigned different subject headings over time.


5.   Keep in mind that many useful resources, and not just primary sources are print works in addition to electronic  and internet resources.  The Research Guides by Subject/Major library web page, focus primarily on electronic resources.  The UR Library Catalog and WorldCat (for Interlibrary Loan only) are your best sources for books. 


6.  If you can’t find what you need, please call or email your History liaison librarian, Lynda Kachurek at 289-8458 or You can also schedule an appointment using the button on the front page of this LibGuide.  Don't forget that librarians are available to assit you in-person and via email, text, and chat by using the links on the library homepage.  


Think Like A Historian

Head, Rare Books & Special Collections; History Librarian

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Lynda Kachurek

Boatwright Library