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HIS 320: Renaissance and Reformation: Finding Secondary Sources

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

Google Search

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a great place to find articles.  Find something we don't have?  Use ILL to request it from another library.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not owned by WCU Libraries can be requested, for free, from other libraries.  To do so use Interlibrary Loan.

Where to Look for Books

To find books in our Library search our Catalog

To find books in other libraries use World Cat.  Request any promising titles using Interlibrary Loan.  Try EZ Borrow first for books then ILLIAD for articles and any books not in EZ Borrow. 

Reference Collections

Reference works, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, are a great place to start to narrow or focus your topic or area of interest.  These sources can also point you to other useful resources, so make sure to look closely at the citations and bibliographies.  Below is a list of available online reference works; others will also be available in the library.

Finding Articles

Use these online databases to search for articles pertaining to your topic.  These can be accessed from both on and off campus.

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