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HIST 11A-12A: Cultures of Islam (Hanania)

This guide was created for Dr. Marwan Doud Hanania's HIST 11A-12A classes 2022-2023

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HIST 12A: 10 Page Research Paper

Welcome to SCU Library. Today you are going to

  1. Pick a topic
  2. Find one book or article (secondary source)
  3. Learn how to search for primary sources

Finals will come quickly. Let's get started today.

Share Your Research Topic, Ask Questions

1. Respond to the Padlet below during our session

Share your topic —the more specific, the better—and ask questions for the librarian.

We'll return to this throughout the session to discuss.

2. Start a Google doc to make note of what you do today

If you follow along during the session on your own computer, it will be useful to have a document to save your permalinks, ideas, and search terms.

Made with Padlet

Browse for topics

Still unsure about what you want to do for your paper? Use these tools to help you get ideas.

Start Searching

3. Start Searching

Find a Book (books are usually secondary sources)


Use OSCAR, the Library's catalog, to search for books. You may get other stuff, but mostly you'll get books.

Enter keywords or the title of a book you'd like.


You can also use OneSearch to find books and articles at the same time. If you go this route, practice becoming expert at using OneSearch.

Or Find Articles (Secondary Sources)

There are many databases that are good for topics of cultures of Islam. Try this trick:

Search Historical Abstracts, ATLA Religion, Academic Search Complete, and OmniFile all at once.

Enter any one of these databases individually, and following the directions below.

4. Evaluate your progress

What info do you have now, and what info do you still need?

Do you need more primary sources? Check out the primary sources tab.

5. Refine and Repeat

Research is iterative. Depending on where your search takes you, you will have to return to any of these steps as you work through the research process.