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Resources for history students, including books, websites, and information on primary sources.
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates


How to Start Writing a Research Paper

Use the reference sources below to:

  • help define a topic
  • place a topic in context
  • get an overview of scholarly thought on a topic 
  • help you focus and develop a thesis for your paper

Articles in reference sources often list articles, books, and websites for further reading,  in sections entitled Bibliography, Suggested Reading, Further Information, etc.


Reference Resources

Carroll College owns a comprehensive collection of history reference books, from wartime history, education reform, terrorism and the Middle Ages to the Encyclopedia of Hair.

Use Library of Congress subject headings to browse by subject area.

The follwing titles will help you with choosing or narrowing down a topic, conducting research and oral histories and writing clear, articulate papers.

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The Oxford Guide to Library Research - Thomas Mann
Call Number: Z710 .M23 2005 Ref-
ISBN: 9780195189971
Publication Date: 2005-11-01

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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations - Kate L. Turabian; Wayne C. Booth (Revised by); Gregory G. Colomb (Revised by); Joseph M. Williams (Revised by); University of Chicago Press Staff (Revised by)
Call Number: PE1478.T86 2007 Ref-
ISBN: 9780226823362
Publication Date: 2007-04-15

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A Writer's Reference - Diana Hacker; Nancy Sommers
Call Number: PE1408 .H2778 2011 Ref
ISBN: 9780312601430
Publication Date: 2010-10-25

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Oral History - Patricia Leavy
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9780195395099
Publication Date: 2011-02-24

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