HIST 1100 - Intro to History
Looking for the book or larger work from which your excerpt was taken?
1. In Sources of the Western Tradition, you will find information as to the original source of the reading at the bottom of the page. Use the LibrarySearch tool to check to see if the Library has that work in their collection.
If the specific edition of the source is not available through the Library, you may use a different translation or edition of the text instead.
Use the Resource Type limit to focus on books only or the Author limit to focus your results on results by the person, not about them.
2. If the Library doesn't appear to have the book mentioned in Sources, try searching for the author and title of the speech or text in LibrarySearch. In some cases, it may be included in a different collection of the author's works or we may have the primary source material. Staff at the Library's Service Desk or on chat may also be able to help if the search is proving tricky.
3. In some cases, it may not be possible to access a copy of the original text. In that case, focus your search on finding enough scholarly articles or books that discuss your figure and their significance to ensure you meet the minimum sources required for the assignment.
LibrarySearch is the best way to find print and electronic books relating to your historical figure or the period in which they lived.
LibrarySearch isn't searching within the books themselves, so you may find additional sources by searching more broadly for the issue/time period in which your historical figure was a part (e.g. suffrage women britain history). Within those books, look at the chapter headings or check the index to see if your historical figure is discussed.
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.
You can start your search for journal articles using LibrarySearch - which is thesearch box on the MRU Library. If you find yourself overwhelmed with results there, you can try some of the following journal article databases which search fewer, but potentially more relevant, journals.
Use the same strategies you used to find scholarly books - look for articles about author's life, the place and time period in which they lived, and their significance using relevant search terms to describe them.
Not sure if your source is a scholarly article? They typically have the following characteristics:
This video explains how to recognize scholarly sources in History, and how to use LibrarySearch to find them.