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HIST 321: The Sixties in Myth and Reality

HIST 321: The Sixties in Myth and Reality, Jackie Wilkie, Spring 2021

In This Guide

In this guide, you will find resources to help you:

  • Choose your topic (this page): Information about reference resources and other introductory resources for your topic. Also contains tips for creating search terms to use while researching.
  • Find Sources: How to navigate the library's online collection to find books, articles, and other sources.
  • Find Primary Sources: How to navigate online collections and tools from the library and archives for historical resources. There also is information for visiting the Luther College Archives for in-person appointments.
  • Evaluate Sources: After you find sources, how do you know they are good for your project? 

Preus has many more resources than the ones listed here. If you need help finding resources for your project, contact your librarian!

Creating Search Terms

Search terms, or keywords, are words or phrases we use to describe the topic we are researching. Using good search terms can make locating information easier. Some tips for brainstorming search terms include: light bulb icon

  • The 4 W's: What is the who, what, when, and where of your topic? The answers to these can all be helpful search terms. Use reference resources to help you find the answers if you do not know.
  • Synonyms: List as many synonyms for your topic as you can. If you need help, use the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus.
  • Mind Maps: Write your main topic in a circle. Draw smaller circles connected to your main topic and write different related subtopics. Repeat that step with your subtopics, writing in even more focused subtopics. See this example from MindTools.
  • Draw a Time Line: Create a timeline of events related to your topic using reference resources. These events and dates can help you narrow your topic focus. 

Keep your list of terms you created while you work on your project. As you continue your research, you may want to create new search terms and remove ones that are not helpful. This is okay and part of the research process. 

General Reference Resources

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