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HIS131 World History 1 - Kaufman: Research

Skills - Evaluating and interpreting historical research

  • Evaluate each source to determine if it is primary or secondary, scholarly or popular and if you are using it appropriately
  • Understand there are gaps in the historical record
  • Think critically about the credibility of sources
  • Determine the credentials and intent of an author before using a source
  • Consider how the historical context in which the information was originally created, accessed, and distributed would affect its message
  • Contextualize primary and secondary source materials within the larger debates surrounding the writing of history

(Adapted from the ALA's Information Literacy Guidelines and Competencies for Undergraduate History Students)

Skills - Search Vocabulary

1. Initiate multiple searches within a database looking at your core research concepts and utilizing synonyms, broader terms and narrower terms for each concept.

(Example: If your Concept = Power, alternative terms to try might be authority, ruler, official, king, pharaoh, etc...) 

2. Use historically appropriate terms when searching for primary sources in databases and on the Internet.

3. Try using subject terms found within source records to see if they improve the relevancy of your results.

Mining Bibliographies

Look at the list of references at the end of secondary and tertiary sources.  Make notes of any scholarly works, for example books published by academic presses, and primary source materials.

Resources - Timelines

Select a specific society for a detailed timeline and associated primary sources in the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook and the Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Resources - World History in Context

Use World History in Context to begin research on your civilization using the provided Reference sources. These sources are meant to provide an overview and background information on different aspects of your civilizations. 

Reference sources are considered tertiary sources. They are not scholarly sources and should not be cited in your research. 

1. Search for your civilization.

2. In the References section click View All records.

3. Use the Limit Search By to limit by subject. Select Topic Overview for substanitive entries.

Resources - History Research Databases

Use these resources to find primary and secondary source material from scholarly articles in history and humanities journals, includes peer-reviewed analysis written by and for historians



> Select Narrow By Item Type, Check Articles

 In EasyBib, click on the Journal tab. Copy and Paste the article title into the search box, and click the Cite It button. Select the JSTOR tab in the results list, click Cite This button.



Academic Search Premier



> Limit To Full Text, Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

> Limit Source Type to Academic Journals

 Click on to send your citations to EasyBib.



World History Collection



> Review Academic Journals 

> Use Full Text, Peer-Reviewed Journal Filters

 Under the Tools menu, click on Citation Tools, click on the Export to EasyBib button.

Resources - NSCC Library Catalog

Search the NOBLE catalog to find primary and secondary source material in books, ebooks, DVDs and videos on demand.


* To have a book transferred from one campus library to the other, contact a library staff member for assistance. Quick turnaround (1-2 days).

 If you locate a book outside of the NSCC Libraries that is available to borrow, click on the  button and follow the online instructions to request the material. Materials using the regional interlibrary loan service may take up to a week to arrive.

‚ÄčFor print books, copy the ISBN number into Book tab in EasyBib, click Cite It.



Search Ebrary for scholarly ebooks on your topic.

For ebooks, use the Book tab, click on the Manual Cite link. Select the Database tab. Use Ebrary as the Database name.


Resources - History Videos

Click on the Citation link under the video. Click on the Export to EasyBib button.

Resources - UNESCO World Heritage Center

Stuck? Ask Your Librarian!

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Services - Article Request

Found an article you would like to use for your research, but it is not available full-text in one of the Library’s research databases or in our print journal collection?

Request the article be sent to you via our InterLibrary Loan Service!

How to submit a request:

1. Check to make sure the article is not available at NSCC. Search the journal article title to see if it is available in print or electronically at the NSCC Libraries. 

2. If the journal is not available at the NSCC Libraries, fill out the InterLibrary Loan Article Request form.

The Library will contact you when the article arrives. Arrival times vary from several days to several weeks.

Services - Request a Book

Found a book source you would like to use for your research, but it is not available through our regional library network?

Request the book be sent to you via our InterLibrary Loan Service!

How to submit a request:

1. Check to make sure the book is not available within the NOBLE libraries. Search all NOBLE libraries.

If you locate the book, click on the  button and follow the online instructions to request the material.

2. Couldn't find the book using the link in step one?

Fill out the InterLibrary Loan Book Request form.

The Library will contact you when the book arrives. Arrival times vary from several days to several weeks.

Archaeological Research