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American History Research Guide

This guide is designed to help you navigate resources related to American History and how to find them.

Searching the Databases

Refer to the Other Video Tutorials Page (on the left) for videos on how to navigate our databases.

Finding Primary Sources

Use these databases to find primary source material for your research.

Finding Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find scholarly articles (secondary sources) for your research.

Evaluating Sources: Databases vs. "Open Web"

Google Scholar: Off-Campus Access to Scholarly Resources

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a subset of Google allowing users to search scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. 

What you find may be available in one or more ways:

1. Freely available on the web (i.e, open access). Click on the link for the article,

2. Available for a fee behind a "paywall". Request the article through Interlibrary Loan,

3. Freely available through one of CCSU's research databases. Look for (click on) the 'Find a Copy @ CCSU' link. ***

*** If you are off-campus, you will need to configure your device to see the 'Find a Copy' link. Here's how:

  • Go to scholar.google.com
  • Click on the in the upper left hand corner and choose 'Settings'.

Google scholar menu

  • Choose 'Library Links' and search for 'Central Connecticut State University'. Choose each occurence and 'Save'.

Google scholar library links

 

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