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History Capstone

Welcome to Your "Research Homepage"

This LibGuide was created specifically to help you with your Capstone Research. You will find an overview of the research process and links to databases, journals, and other resources that will help you as you investigate your topic.

There will also be separate pages for each of you that will help you to determine the best places to look for resources, some suggested keywords to help you in your search, and any books/journals that the library has access to that might be specifically useful for you and your topic.

If you need help with any part of the research process, email a librarian - there are links available on every page! - or use the Ask A Librarian form.

Getting Started

There are 6 steps to getting started with your research

  1. Understand your assignment
  2. Choose a topic
  3. Write a research question
  4. Generate keywords
  5. Find background information
  6. Begin searching for scholarly and topic-specific sources

To begin, go to the Starting Your Research guide and work through steps 1-4. 

Step 5: Find Background Information.

You need to locate reliable background information in order to

  • Get an idea of what kind of information, generally, is out there on your topic
  • Generate a list of more field-specific search terms and keywords for future searches
  • Find a few good bibliographies that will get you started on the research trail

Here are a few great places to find background information:


Don't forget, research is an iterative process.  You'll likely have to continue refining your topic, your search terms, and your resources throughout your project.

When you are ready for Step 6: Searching for Scholarly and Topic-Specific Sources, Click Resources on the left menu to begin!