1. History research should begin at the library website and follow the links to the Subject/Course Guides under Finding Information for course guides like this one. 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. WorldCat is a source for materials not available in the University of Richmond libraries for Interlibrary Loan.
3. A good book or journal article can be a bridge to more research sources if it has footnotes or a bibliography. Even books and articles in languages you do not read may list sources in languages you do read.
4. Where available, use browse features of databases to discover subject 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, and not electronic or Internet resources. The Subject/Course Guides library web page, focus primarily on electronic resources. The UR Library Catalog and WorldCat are your best sources for books.
The purpose of this guide is to help you identify and obtain library research materials on Dr. Watts' class History 321: History of Work in Europe
Please use the tabs above to learn about different types of resources and contact me if you need assistance.
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 tobacco or tobacco history. 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!