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History Research Guide: Welcome


If you have any questions about locating, evaluating, incorporating, and citing sources, please feel free to ask a librarian.

Welcome to the research guide for History at TLU!

1: Find background information in reference books (tertiary sources)

Reference books can provide background material and be a launching point for further research. You might hear these books referred to as tertiary sources. The following titles are great starting points, but you can find many more in the library catalog advanced search with the Location limited to Reference. You can also search for e-reference items using our Gale Virtual Reference Library or Credo Reference.

2. Need books or ebooks? Search the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is the gateway to finding books. Search the catalog for books about specific history topics, such as World War, Civil War, civil rights, or specific names of people or countries.


Advanced Search

​Blumberg Memorial Library arranges materials by the Library of Congress Classification System. Books on history generally fall into the following call numbers:

History (General)     D

History (America)    E-F

How to find a book

3. Need articles? Search the databases

Databases allow you to find scholarly articles. To see all of TLU's databases, visit the Blumberg Memorial Library Resources page and select either databases by Subject or by Title.

Here are a few key databases for history.

--Suggested Web resources--

Additional web resources are listed on the History databases page

Research help

TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.





Use the "Ask a Question" link. If we are not online at the time, it will send us an email instead of a chat.


During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian. 



See all our History guides

--Finding a particular journal--

To see if a journal or magazine is available, either online or in print, look in the Publications by Title list.

--Interlibrary Loan--

Need an item that our library doesn't own? No worries, you can email the title, author and date of what you need to or fill out a form. We can get most (but not all) articles within 2 days and many books within 4-8 days. 

For more information, visit our interlibrary loan page.

--Using databases off-campus--

If you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your last name (Not your network username but last name only) and your 8-digit TLU number.

History News from the Smithsonian

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--Evaluate and cite sources--