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History Research Guide: Home

Research help and resources for local, state, national or international history.

Course Guides

Here are links to guides we have created for specific courses:

Citation Management Tool

Citing your sources is one of the most important steps in doing research.  RefWorks will allow you to store and organize your citations as well as easily create your bibliography/references (whether annotated or not) and final paper in the correct style.  

You can use RefWorks to:

  • Organize references
  • Format bibliographies
  • Create a database of your own citations
  • Import references directly from library databases
  • Insert in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies using the Write-n-Cite tool
  • Share your citations with a group

Chicago/Turabian Style Guides

Chicago/Turabian Style is primarily used for history, but can also be used in other subjects. The Chicago style and the Turabian style are quite similar and often used interchangeably, but they are not identical. Ask your professor or check your syllabus to be sure you're using the right style.

Helpful Chicago/Turabian related sites to assist you with proper citations:

Historical Research Method

How is doing historical research different than other kinds of research?  Historians use primary sources and other evidence to interpret and form analysis of events in the past.  They use secondary sources, analysis completed by other scholars, to place those events in context and to strengthen thier own analysis of the evidentiary materials. 

This LibGuide will help you find all of the sources that you will need in order to begin your own research. Search by your research interest in the tabs above (i.e. World History, U.S. History or Local History) to find more specific sources for your needs.  Don't see what you're looking for?  Ask a librarian!  We'll be happy to help you.

If you need more in-depth help in approaching the research and writing of a history research paper, take a look at some of these online guides: