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History: Tutorial - Effective library research: 1. Effective Library research

This guide introduces you to the skills and resources required for effective library research for history.

A big part of 'doing history' is carrying out research and discovering the historiography (historian's interpretations of the past).

As part of your studies you will have various tasks and assignments that require you to work with the library resources.

To search effectively you need to invest time up front to plan out a library research strategy.  It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available, and you can also waste time if you look in the wrong place.

Before you start, consider three key questions:

  1. What sort of information do I need?
  2. Where can I find the resources that are the most appropriate?
  3. How can I search effectively so that I find relevant materials for my research topic?




There are five key stages involved in planning and conducting searches for information.

This tutorial will concentrate on finding quality information using effective search techniques. A separate Evaluating Sources tutorial is available here.





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