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HI245: Recent United States History

Steps to Effective Research

These steps outline a simple and effective strategy for conducting your research. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  • Identify and Develop Your Topic
  • Find the Context: Background Information on Your Topic
  • Find Books
  • Find Journal Articles Articles
  •  Find Primary Sources
  • Evaluate What You Find
  • Cite What You Find

Broad Database Searching

Using a  broad search like "the cold war" when trying to select a topic and will help you get a sense of some of the many ways scholars  have approached an issue.

Browse Encyclopedias

Follow Paths

Let one good book or article lead you to others. Scholarly publications  almost always have bibliographies or lists of works cited. If the original  source is useful to you, works used by the author may be valuable, too.

You can also see how a particular  book are article is categorized and look for other works in that category.