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Hist 17A: Finding Reference & Scholarly Books

How to Read a Book for Research

"When you find a book for research you do not necessarily need to read the text from cover to cover. This video will provide several strategies for identifying key passages in a book when doing library research" (RIT Libraries, 2:29).

Reference Databases & eBook Collections

Search the Book Catalog

Search books, ebooks, online and hardcopy journals, periodicals, newspapers and more!

Suggested Reference Books

Many of these reference books include a mixture of source types, including primary sources (text of historical documents, statistics, etc.), secondary sources (analysis of the historical documents, statistics, etc.), and tertiary sources (bibliographies, references, etc).