WISE is the Library's search engine, it searches:
You can use WISE to locate Primary Sources by clicking "Downloadable Archival Material" under the Format menu.
WISE is a user-friendly, all-in-one search tool, but is important to know when to use WISE, and when you may be better served by using the Library's other electronic resources.
Use the Online Journals and Reference Sources page for:
These are great resources for articles on historical scholarship. Unlike WISE, they are narrowed in scope by subject so that your results will be more focused.
If you have trouble finding what you need, check out the Tips & Tricks for Effective Research tab on the left menu.
Need more help? Ask A Librarian!
Here are some sample books on missionary-related topics you can find in McGill library (physically and digitally):
Reference resources, like encyclopedias, can provide lots of authoritative background information on your topic. You can use these sources to gain a better understanding of your topic, identify keywords, and locate influential secondary sources by reviewing their bibliographies
A large percent of historical research is published in books, so they are a great resource! But how do you find them?
Many academic journals publish book reviews, which discuss the topic of the book, the expertise of the author, the viewpoint and/or methodology, the contributions the book makes, and the strengths/weaknesses of the book.
Use the filter options to limit your search results to Book Reviews.
Reminder: The pdfs you access may include several book reviews from that journal, so you may need to scroll or hit "ctrl + F" to find what you're looking for.
Finding/reading book reviews will help you find the most influential books which represent different views on your topic. Once you find a book, search for it in WISE to see if we have it!