This research guide contains everything you need to get your research started! Don't hesitate to contact a librarian if you need help.
Use the search activity document below to document your initial searches. This will help you structure your searches to find the best information. If you want feedback on your search strategies, just send the completed document to Hedda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ram Search is a good starting point for your research. Searches done in Ram Search will include a mix of scholarly and popular articles, encyclopedia entries, and other source types.
The databases listed below are news paper databases. They can be good for finding additional details about your topic like news coverage of new commemorations or the public debate around existing commemorations.
Many universities and government institutions are actively digitalizing historic materials, but it can be difficult to know where to look. Filtering through a regular Google search can be daunting when faced with results from across the globe. You can use a special strategy when searching Google to find materials from institutions digitizing materials! This strategy also works well for finding background information on a topic, as many cultural institutions write blog posts or introductions to historic events.
What it does: The site command brings you search results from the site or domain you search. Using this command you can search only within .edu or .gov domains. You can also use it to search the Library of Congress's site, loc.gov.
Examples: site:edu or site:loc.gov
Notes: Be careful if searching for site:.edu. Not all websites that end in .edu are universities or other educational institutions, the domain can be used by anyone.
fugitive slave act site:loc.gov --> This search will find anything about the fugitive slave act on the Library of Congress website
Anthony Burns site:edu or site:gov --> This search will find anything about Anthony Burns on websites with the .edu or .gov domain