My name is Kelci and I am your librarian. I am here to support your research.
I do not judge or grade you.
I'm on a knowledge accrual mission along with you.
I expect you to be an active participant in this mission of developing your research skills.
Let's make the most of our time together!
* Reproduction of a handbill advertising a slave auction in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1769. (Wikipedia Commons)
Don't have a topic? Go directly to the "Don't have a topic?" tab to explore background information and possible topics.
Ready to search on your topic?
Explore either of the sources listed below.
I recommend browsing because the language used to describe primary source material is rarely the language we would use to describe it today.
You may opt to search, if you have a unique or specific keyword, for example the name of a ship or person.
Can you select an image of a primary source that would be appropriate for your paper? Post it on the Padlet. Extra points the more stimulating and fascinating it is.
This is supposed to be fun and inspirational, although sometimes it is more strategic to search for secondary information first. Come back to this after the next step if you are not finding good primary sources. You may also consult the More Primary Sources tab.
Pick a newspaper to search from this list (contemporary issues)
It's time to make some decisions:
Book or article?
Pick: OSCAR (books) or a subject database (articles)?
Construct: an advanced search
Formula: 2-3 keyword terms, connected with and. No phrases or questions.