Tip 1: Although I am a big fan of using online databases to find scholarly journal articles, for this particular class, I am suggesting that you consider start your research into your historical context with reference sources and books/book chapters. These sources are better at giving you the background and overview of a historical topic, while scholarly articles in specialized history journals are often on extremely narrow topics.
Tip 2: Remember to mine the bibliographies of reference sources and any other good source you find to more sources. This can save you a lot of time and is something that scholars do themselves! Check and see if the library has a source by typing in the name of the article (add the author's last name if the title is short) into our Library Search tool.
Tip 3: Use our interlibrary loan systems! If we don't have have a recent book or a great article on a topic, we can still get it in 1-3 business days.
Tip 4: Remember that the key to finding good sources is to be willing to try more than one database and try multiple searches. Search for both sources right on your topic and broader sources that can provide context.
Books (or book chapters) are often the best way to get an overview of a historical topic. Start by searching our catalog.
Just because WCU doesn't have a book on your topic doesn't mean one hasn't been written!
Check Amazon or Google books for titles. Then request them through EZ-borrow.
If you need a book that we only own in print, you can request that we either hold it for pickup at the library or mail it to you.
The steps are:
1) Click on the title of the book to get to the information screen
2) Log into the system so it knows its you!
3) Click on the request button.
4) Use the pull down menu to either select where to pick it up or have it mailed.
This video will lead you through the process:
If you need just one chapter from a book, we can scan it instead.
To make a request to get a chapter scanned: