History is a topic with broad interest that extends beyond history scholars. For this reason, you must pay particular attention to the quality and audience of the sources you will use in your research. Look for substantial sources that clearly display indicators of scholarliness:
Examples: Scholarly Sources
Examples: Non--scholarly sources:
LibrarySearch is the best starting point for finding books and articles at MRU
For some topics, it can be difficult to find narrow a topic successfully via your search terms. Try limiting your search by selecting Subject from the options on the right side, then choose a relevant subject tag from the list of options.
Did you know you can lock your filters in place in Library Search? Hover your cursor over the limit and click to look it in place. Now, even if you change your search terms, the limit will stay in place.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with results in LibrarySearch you can try some of the following journal article databases which search fewer, but potentially more relevant, journals.
Use the same strategies you used in LibrarySearch, and be sure to use the advanced search options and filters to improve results.
Emergence of Advertising in America - Duke University collection of advertisements, 1850-1920.
Smithsonian: Warshaw Collection of Business American a 1724-1977 - Largest advertising ephemera collection in the USA.
Ad*Access - US and Canadian advertisements covering beauty and hygiene, radio, television, transportation and World War II propaganda, 1911-1955.
Consumer Advertising During the Great Depression: A Resource Guide - Covers many different aspects of advertising during this period, including grocery advertising and gender in advertising,
MRU Library Primary Sources for US History - try the historical newspaper section, the Library of Congress and National Archives links.