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This guide will help you locate resources for your research paper. If you don't know much about your topic, you might try the suggestions on this page first. 

When you search for an OVERVIEW article, you're looking for a short piece that will give you the big picture on your topic. 


1) Keep your search simple.  "ottoman empire," "gallipoli," "armenian genocide" or even "armenia" might be enough.

2) Sometimes sources are labeled "Reference." These are often good places to find overviews. 

3) Read an overview before you dig too deeply into your topic. Having an idea of the "big picture" will help guide your search.

4) Think about the KIND of sources that might best help you with your topic. For history-related questions, often books or e-books are better sources than articles.Use the table of context and index to help you find the part of the book that will help you the most.

5) Don't forget: your librarians are here to help. You can come by, use chat, e-mail or the phone. 

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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. 

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Before you get lost in a sea of information, you might want to read an overview so you can keep the big picture in mind as you read.

Here are some places to look for shorter overviews:

On the "Other" tab on the search box on the library home page,

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click on "Databases by Subject."  Here you can try Opposing Viewpoints, Points of View Reference Center, U.S. History in Context, and History Reference Center.

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