For research help, contact Lynda Kachurek, History Librarian, Boatwright Library. Help is also available from the on-call liaison librarians between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 12-4pm Friday, and 2 - 8 p.m. on Sunday when you can Zoom, chat, or email for research help as well from the Ask A Librarian and Chat with a Librarian button on the library home page.
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1. History Research should begin at the library web site found at http://library.richmond.edu/ 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.
3. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
OneSearch on the library homepage is a good way to start your research. After entering a search term, you will see results that include articles, books, electronic books and resources, and newspaper articles. Options on the left side will help you refine your results via several different parameters, including type, subject, location, and date. However, you might want to try other, more specific, search options as well.
To search for books that are available here in Boatwright, use the Library Catalog tab and narrow to “Books & More” or “Campus Libraries,” where you can also focus on a specific UR library. Start with a keyword search or "all words" using terms such as epic poetry or Beowulf. When you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subjects headings to help guide further searching. You can also add descriptive terms such as "politics and government" or "newspapers" for more specific searching. If you need help understanding call numbers, this video will help!
You can also find relevant books by using Worldcat, a large national catalog of books; by searching Google Books or Google Scholar; and by searching our Ebsco E-book Database.