This guide is organized to help you in the research process, which usually proceeds from general sources to more specific ones.
STEP 1: Begin with Reference Sources (print and online) for background information
STEP 2: Find Books (overviews and monographs)
STEP 3: Look for articles in Periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals)
STEP 4: Search for primary-source documents (such as letters) written at the time of your topic. These can be found through Biblion searches (try an author search) and in databases such as Modern World History Online. You can also check the Websites tab for sites with primary-source materials.