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History

Background Info

Search the Library for the keyword Encyclopedia, combined with keywords that describe your topic, ie:

Encyclopedia World War 1939-1945 
Encyclopedia political history
  -- Subject Limit: World Politics  
Encyclopedia "social movements"

Examples:

Books & Primary Sources...

Try searching the library catalogue for keywords that describe your topic. 
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To find Primary Sources, include keywords such as sources, letters, correspondence, diaries, documents, etc. Focus on the Books & More results.
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Selected Guides to Historical Research Methods

Find Biographical Info

Evaluating What You Read

Once you've found some sources, you need to evaluate them to determine whether the information is reliable and relevant to your thesis.

Tutorials (University of Alberta Library)

Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell Univ. Library)

How to Evaluate Journal Articles (Colorado State Univ.)

How to Evaluate a Web Page (Colorado State Univ.)

Historiography: Selected Guides