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Hello! This course guide has been created for students enrolled in HONR 2202: The History of the U.S.-Mexico Border. In this guide, you will find several resources intended to help with your final research paper.
Below is a description of the pages found in the menu above:
- Research Guides
- History Research Guide
- Peace and Justice Studies Research Guide
- Politics Research Guide
- Library Datasets and Statistics
- Humanitarian Action
- International Studies
- Research Tutorials
- Advanced Search Tips - A few key tools and strategies to create a search focused on your research needs.
- Optimize Your Research - In this tutorial we introduce filters, functionality found in most databases that allow you to narrow results based on criteria such as date published, source type, language, and more.
- Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles - This page contains a list of databases that contain scholarly and peer-reviewed journal articles, along with a few things to keep in mind when conducting your research.
- Citation Chasing - Citation chasing is a strategy that can be used when conducting a literature review. The process involves taking the sources you've already found to help steer you toward undiscovered sources.
- Using Google Scholar - To get the most out of Google Scholar there are a few things you'll want to set up first. This guide provides instruction on how to set all of that up.
- Know the Difference Between Primary and Secondary Sources - What constitutes a primary source can differ, depending on context. This tutorial will walk you through what to look for.
- Assess Website Quality and Reliability - The reliability of websites can be difficult to determine, particularly for controversial issues like immigration. This tutorial will give you pointers for making sure that things you find online are good sources.
- Chicago Style Guide & Citation Resources
- Chicago Notes-Bibliography - An easy-to-use guide on Chicago notes-bibliography citation guidelines, including footnotes, references, and general formatting standards.
- Use a citation generator safely - Many of our databases provide tools that generate citations for sources found in them. This guide provides an overview of where those tools are usually found (it varies between databases), and a few things to keep in mind when using them.
- Write an annotated bibliography -A general overview of what to include in an annotated bibliography, intended to supplement instructions you receive from your professor.