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HIST: Class II US History

Background Research

Background research is essential:

  • Get an overview of the broader topic
  • Identify sub-topics for narrowing a topic
  • Highlight important terms (people, places, events, dates) - these can be used for searches!
  • References and citations that follow offer an early idea of source availability for a topic
  • The best place to start is with reference sources 

What is a reference source?

 type of secondary source

 offers a summary or overview of a subject.

Examples Include:


Finding Reference Sources

Search Library

*United States History gets a lot of results.

To narrow down titles:

1. Use subject-specific keywords in your search (EX:Civil War)

2. Use the hyperlinked subject headings to narrow down your results. 

Finding Reference Sources