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HIS 320: Renaissance and Reformation: Home

Research Guide for Brenda Gaydosh's HIS 320, Renaissance and Reformation Course. Created Fall 2015; updated Fall 2017.

History Librarian

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Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209


This guide is meant to help you through your HIS 320 course.  Click through the tabs at the top to find books, articles and primary sources.  The resources listed here are by no means exhaustive but should provide you some good starting points as you go through the semester. 

If you get stuck please feel free to contact me, I'm here to help!

Good luck!


Tips and Tricks

The following are some basic Tips and Tricks to try to make searching more efficient and bring you better results.  Most databases use these functions.

Boolean Operators and Wildcards

     AND – means you want both terms in your results; tends to narrow results’ list

     OR – means you want one or the other terms in your results – use with synonyms; tends to broaden results’ list

     NOT – use when you are getting a reoccurring term that you are not interested in


? or * -- used to expand your results without having to type in multiple words; different databases use these differently.  The library catalog uses the ? but some databases use the *.  Play around with them to see how your results change.

        Ex: wom?n – will return results for woman and women 

        Ex: Nazi* - will return Nazi, Nazis, and Nazism

 “quotes” – use to search for an exact phrase

        Ex: “Weimar Republic”

Subject Headings, Subjects, and Descriptors

Subject headings are created by librarians to describe exactly what the materials are about.  They connect materials with similar topics or themes together.  They are called different things depending on the catalog or database but most have them.  Click on them to find more materials on your topic.

Some helpful ones for this class:




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