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HIST 17A Purcell: Welcome

United States History and United States Constitution

About this Guide

Welcome, HIST 17A! My name is Lindsay Davis, Faculty Reference Librarian. Many academic librarians, including those at Merced College, are professors who work with other professors to teach students about the research process.

Use this guide to help you research a social movement.

Step 1. Identify Your Social Movement

  • Use the internet and your textbook to help you identify social movements you may be interested in researching for your paper

Step 2. Get Background Information

  • Use a reference source, like a print or online encyclopedia, to get a general overview of your movement. If your textbook includes the movement, read the sections or chapters where it is discussed to get background information.

Step 3. Dive into the Scholarly Literature