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HIST 290: The Craft of History

Jon Shelton

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Use Books for History Research

Books are excellent sources for secondary history research. Books can provide you with a great overview on a topic. You often don't need to read the whole book, but only a chapter or two for your research. Book bibliographies will also lead you to more excellent sources on your topic. Use Search@UW to start locating books through our library. 

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Databases for Secondary Sources

Below you will find a list of popular databases used for locating secondary sources for research. You can use the filters within the databases to limit by resource type such as academic journals to locate journal articles.This is not a full list of the history databases you can use for searching. To view a full list, visit the link below. If you are having trouble locating a relevant database, visit the research help page of this guide to connect with a librarian.