1. When first searching use a broad KEYWORD. Make sure to use the most recent scholarship by sorting the results by date.
2. Once you've found an item that looks promising, take a look at the subject headings assigned to it (they are blue and underlined). When you click on the link, it will take you to a list of every book in the Library with that same subject heading. This is a good way to narrow your search results.
An Overview is a book which addresses a time period such as Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Use the index to find your topic; it may be a chapter or just a few pages. An overview is meant to place your topic within the context of the time and larger world.
A Monograph is a book which addresses your specific topic. If you are researching a person, a monograph could be a biography of the person. If you are researching an event, a monograph might be Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack.
A reserve has been set up for this class because so many students will be working on this research paper at the same time.
1. Reserve books should be checked out even if being used during class time.
2. You may check out books for two hours or overnight within two hours of closing.
3. Books checked out overnight must be returned within two hours of opening.