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Books used in this class (Fall 2017)
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|Academic Search Premier
An EBSCO database.
|Credo Reference Center
Encyclopiedias, dictionaries and handbooks -- online.
Search through our largest college-level eBook collection.
For newspapers, business and law.
|Oxford Reference Online
Encyclopiedias, dictionaries and handbooks -- online.
Literary Criticism, Biography, History and Genealogy
|Ancestry Library Edition
Want to find your ancestors, but don't know where to start? Research your family history with this genealogy database. Get started with the ALE Guide. Not all records are available online, such as current Birth and Marriage records. You may find references in geneaology databases, but the records, themselves are not online.
Massachusetts has great records through the Massachusetts State Archives : www.sec.state.ma/arc/arcidx.htm
Also check out Familysearch.org, the Mormon site. You do not have to set up an account, just click Search, then Records, then Location.
|Literary Resource Center
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. Find critical essays about published literature.
|Biography in Context
Has more than 528,000 biographies — spanning history and geography.
|Films on Demand
Includes streaming video segments on topics in history.
|U.S History in Context
Provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, people, and more.
|World History in Context
Provides an overview of world history that covers the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, people, and more.
|AtoZ Maps Online
Modern, ancient and thematic maps you can download, print and use in your coursework.
Topic Overviews and Arguments
Current issue overviews, historical backgrounds, chronologies and pro/con lists.
|Issues & Controversies in American History
Combines authoritative factual accounts with in-depth explanations of opposing points of view.
|Opposing Views in Context
Current issues with pro/con viewpoint essays and topic overviews.
Citation Resources: Chicago Manual of Style
|Avoid Plagiarism - Cite Your Sources|
|Chicago Manual of Style
Examples of Chicago-Style documentation for (1) notes and bibliography and (2) author-date.
A free citation maker from Calvin College
Guide to Chicago Manual of Style from Purdue University
|Mapping History: The Darkwing Atlas Project
Socio- and political maps of 18th and 19th century United States; classical age Mediterranean. Some maps require Shockwave plug-in.
Suggested Viking Routes from 8th-11th Century CE
|The Online Medieval and Classical Library|
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Evaluating Resource Credibility
|Who is the author?||Credible sources are written by authors respected in their fields of study. Responsible, credible authors will cite their sources so that you can check the accuracy of and support for what they've written. (This is also a good way to find more sources for your own research.)|
|How recent is the source?||The choice to seek recent sources depends on your topic. While sources on the American Civil War may be decades old and still contain accurate information, sources on information technologies, or other areas that are experiencing rapid changes, need to be much more current.|
|What is the author's purpose?||When deciding which sources to use, you should take the purpose or point of view of the author into consideration. Is the author presenting a neutral, objective view of a topic? Or is the author advocating one specific view of a topic? Who is funding the research or writing of this source? A source written from a particular point of view may be credible; however, you need to be careful that your sources don't limit your coverage of a topic to one side of a debate.|
|What type of sources does your audience value?||If you are writing for a professional or academic audience, they may value peer-reviewed journals as the most credible sources of information. If you are writing for a group of residents in your hometown, they might be more comfortable with mainstream sources, such as Time or Newsweek. A younger audience may be more accepting of information found on the Internet than an older audience might be.|
|Be especially careful when evaluating Internet sources!||Never use Web sites where an author cannot be determined, unless the site is associated with a reputable institution such as a respected university, a credible media outlet, government program or department, or well-known non-governmental organizations. Beware of using sites like Wikipedia, which are collaboratively developed by users. Because anyone can add or change content, the validity of information on such sites may not meet the standards for academic research.|