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HIS 350: Documenting Rhode Island History, Prof. Widell


This is a brief guide to assist you in finding materials for your HIS 350 research.

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Citing Materials in History

Below are some resources to help you with writing and citing. You may also want to try RefWorks, a web-based citation management tool provided by the Library, or Zotero or Mendeley, two free citation managers that allow you to share and collaborate.

Secondary Sources: Books and Scholarly Research Articles

Books and research articles are rich sources of information, often compiled after events have occurred. The links below will help you find books and articles that are primarily secondary sources.

Primary Sources: Newspaper & Magazine Articles

Note: newspapers are a little tricky -- you need to know the dates of appropriate articles, and you need to be able to access the newspapers, whether they're in print, online, or microfilm.

To find newspaper articles, think about the time frame you're researching, and perhaps the geographic location. For example: 1940s New York, or London during World War I. Larger newspapers are more likely to have indexes. For smaller papers, check libraries in the geographic area, as many will have local history resources.

Sometimes, you can just browse newspapers around particular dates or events. If you're searching for a topic in a newspaper, you'll need to use an appropriate newspaper index to find citations to relevant articles. Below are a few examples.

Primary Sources: Archives

This list presents a selection of archives in Rhode Island.  Many public libraries or towns may also have archival collections related to local history.

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