- Change your search terms often when searching for your sources, and think of alternate ways to express your ides.
world war II -- world war 1939 - 1945 -- second world war
19th century -- nineteenth century -- 1800s
- Look for seed documents on your topic (recent books, articles inside specialized encyclopedias), then mine the footnotes and/or bibliography for related sources.
- Pay close attention to book results - books are an important form of scholarly dissemination in the field of History.
- Use Google Scholar's cited by function to check for who has cited the sources you've already found. This can lead you to more recent items on the same topic.
The search box on the library homepage to find at books and journal articles on your topic.
Try limiting searches by:
Sample search on the history of European nationalism - look closely at the search terms; you can use this search as a model for your own searches, by adding/removing terms to customize to your essay topic.