Research Tools

Over the summer of 2013, throughout my reading and my research, I learned about several search engines and databases that can be used to gather source information and to manage bibliographies. The most stirring are linked in the writing below!

FOIA courtesy of Maxwell AFB
FOIA courtesy of Maxwell AFB

FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Request websites – great for primary source documents in the form of official memoranda

-For the Department of Defense: http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/
-For the Department of State: http://foia.state.gov/Search/Search.aspx
-For commentaries and abstracts on FOIA documents, consult The George Washington University National Security Archive: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/index.html

General Bibliography Tools – useful for gathering information on primary source and secondary sources on a particular topic

– Oxford Bibliographies: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/
– Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason Unversity – http://chnm.gmu.edu/research-and-tools/
– Internet History Sourcebooks Project at Fordham University ed. by Paul Halsall – http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/

Project Gutenberg  symbol, courtsey of Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg symbol, courtesy of Project Gutenberg

E-Book / E-Journal databases – gain access to thousands of thought provoking works for free on the internet

– Google Books: http://books.google.com/
– The Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/
– “100 Search Engines for Academic Research,” Teach Thought: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/100-search-engines-for-academic-research/

Specific Topics – Databases good for a concise view of a particular topic

– Valley of the Shadow by the University of Virginia (The Civil War’s impact on communities): http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/VoS/choosepart.html
– Veterans History Project by the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/vets/
– The Victorian Web: An Overview: http://www.victorianweb.org/

Bibliography Organizational Tools – programs to keep sources organized that allow maintained command and control for research papers.

– EndNote: http://endnote.com/?gclid=COqovN_0k7kCFfFDMgodqnwAKw
– RefWorks: http://www.refworks.com/
– Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/

Source Information

Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 7th ed. (Boston: Bedford, 2012), 88, 101.
My own research experience
William Kelleher Storey, Writing History: A Guide for Students, 4th ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 17-19.

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