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History 1 Research Guide

This guide is designed to help you locate resources, write an annotated bibliography and cite sources for your research.



Your Assignment

Fall 2015 Assignment:

The annotated bibliography will serve as your final assignment for this course. Like other final papers, you are expected to choose a topic (theme, event, institution, etc.) from the time period History 1 covers (pre-Columbian to 1877). Then you are expected to locate five sources that are likely to enhance your understanding of that topic. For example, locating a book on The Iroquois Confederacy should enhance your understanding of Indian Nations of the Americas.

At least two of you sources must be books, while the rest may be articles and periodicals. At least one of the articles must be from an academic journal, while periodicals must be from a reputable news outlet (No Wikipedia,, etc.!!!)

Unlike a final paper, an annotated bibliography, while the final writing assignment for this class, is also a research tool. Whether at a library, online, or both, you find sources for a topic (books, articles, etc.), then use the annotated bibliography as a means for analyzing each source: What is the book/article about (summary)? Is it a reliable source (assess)? How does it help you to understand the topic you have chosen (reflect)?

Make sure you follow the more specific guidelines regarding MLA citation and the content of your annotated bibliography listed on the syllabus.

For your topic, you can very specific or very broad. So long as the topic fits into the chronology of the course (pre-Columbian to 1877).

For example: Race/Racism (broad topic), slavery (more specific), Nat Turner's Rebellion, The Underground Railroad, The Black Codes (all very specific).

You may also do a biography (George Washington, Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, etc.)

I encourage you to use library and online search engines to locate sources. As stated above, please keep it to books (at least two), academic articles, and periodicals (No Wikipedia, etc.!!!).


Gavilan OneSearch for Articles, books, ebooks and more

Use OneSearch to search library materials including books, ebooks, articles, videos and much more

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Note: If you want to limit your results to one type of resource you can limit by Source Type to include one or more article types. ie. Academic Journals or Magazines. For more source type choices select Show More and limit from there.

 Example of Limit by Source Type box


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