For Specialized print encyclopedias, use the Social Sciences/Education Reference collection, Level 1:
For Specialized online encyclopedias, use the following databases. For subject specific background resources, use the American History Subject Guide.
After reading Background Resources, you should be able to fill out the following "From Topic to Research Focus" formula. NOTE: This is NOT the same as your Thesis Statement. Your Thesis Statement is developed after you read Research Materials about your issue/question, determine your stance, and decide how you will present your attitude/angle/argument. For examples of how to use the "From Topic to Research Focus" rubric, click on the Develop and Narrow Topic tab at the top of this page.
1) I am researching ______________________________________ (topic)
2) because I want to find out _______________________________ (issue/question)
3) in order to ____________________________________________ (application)
Organize your Research Focus into concepts: identify terms, think of synonyms, and organize them using this chart.
(Concept 1) _______________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 1)
AND (Concept 2) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 2)
AND (Concept 3) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 3)
For Books use the Books & More search to find specific titles from the bibliographies you noted above. Use the Books & More - Advanced Search to find additional books on your issue question. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box.
For Articles use the Articles & More - Advanced Search selecting Collection: History & Geography. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box. Click Go to begin the search. Click on the title of the article to read the abstract. Click the Full Text Available and Check for Full Text to view the entire article.
To retrieve additional articles, connect to the databases linked below, or select them from Databases A-Z in the Databases & Journals box on the Library Home Page. Depending on how you have narrowed your subject, other databases listed on the American History Subject Guide may also be appropriate.