HIST 301: Historian's Craft (Hagel): HIST 301: Historian's Craft

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Scholarly Articles

These databases index scholarly articles in history or related disciplines.  If the full-text is not available use the KULink button to track down the actual article.    

Citation Resource


There are two primary ways to identify books.  One is searching through catalogs, like the KU Libraries Catalog and WorldCat.  The other is to utilize bibliographies from books and articles.  Once you have a title of a work, use these catalogs to see KU owns it.  If not order it through Interlibrary Loan.

Searching the Online Catalog

Examples of keywords that retrieve primary sources: sources, personal narratives, diaries, papers, letters, documents.  Another way to find primary sources is to do an author search of the individual or organization whose writings you hope to find.

Here is an example of how to use the Advanced Search

Selected Primary Sources

Finding primary sources takes creativity, patience, and tenacity.  KU Libraries subscribes to a number of electronic primary source resources.  But these are only a place to start.  Below are some resources to get you started.  Be sure to explore the "Chronological Periods" tab at the top for more comprehensive lists.

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Relevant Print Indexes

These indexes are excellent tools to find primary sources from 20th century periodicals. The links provided are to just one of the many entries for the title.  If the link doesn't include the years you need use the "Continues" and "Continued by" to find the location of the volume you need.