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HIS 281: Africa to 1800: Home

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), Citation Guide

The following links will help you to navigate the Chicago style for citing sources in your research.

E-Reference Resources

For those that might need to look at broader context to learn more about or further refine a topic, the following e-reference resources will help you to better define terms and drill into your ideas.

*Hint: It is probably not a good idea to cite information found using these online reference sources in your Historiography assignment!

Finding Primary Sources

The following resources are provided by McGill Library, and are a good place to start looking for primary sources.

Finding Scholarly Secondary Sources

The following indexes and databases are suggested for historical research.  HOWEVER, there may be other relevant or useful information in other resources depending on your topic.  See our full list, or talk to a librarian for more information.

Finding Primary Sources, Part II

There are many freely available websites that contain excellent primary source material.  With the rise in digitization funding for projects, and an increased focus on the digital humanities, many reputable digital repositories are now available.  BE CAREFUL when selecting these resources, however, and ensure that they are accurate and appropriate for your research, and that you understand any bias that may be present.

Try using keywords like "digital," "repository," "archive," "online," and "collection," along with your topic-related keyword terms to try and find these hidden gems.  And again, don't hestiate to contact a librarian if you need help.

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