This guide will assist you in locating published scholarship (essays, books, chapters, journal articles, etc.) to read on a topic.
Remember to evaluate the accuracy of your sources, and think critically about their content and arguments.
Subject encyclopedias and other reference guides can provide good background information on a topic. Many reference books are in printed format, while others are available in electronic resource collections such as:
Primary sources are documents that date from the time period being studied, immediate to the events under investigation. These can include letters, diaries, business records, government papers, laws, treaties, etc. The usual subheading for primary sources in library catalogs is “sources”. Sample subject headings include:
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Sources
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 -- Sources
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources