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History Research Guide

The main research guide to support historical research, including primary and secondary resources for all geographical areas and time periods.

Books Matter

Even in the Digital Age, books are still the major publication format for academic historians.  In fact, journal articles are frequently the precursor to full-length books.  Here are some tips on how to use books more effectively in your research:

  • Read the table of contents, introduction, and conclusion first. Academic works are not novels - you'll get more out of it if you know in advance the author's main points and conclusions.
  • Found a good book on your topic? Look at the titles near it on the shelf for related works.
  • Raid the bibliography of a good book for more sources, both primary and secondary. Ask a librarian if you need help locating a cited source.

WorldCat

Ready to expand your search beyond Howard-Tilton? Use the WorldCat database to search for books, journal titles, audio, video, and other materials in libraries across the country and around the world.  Use InterLibrary Loan (ILL) to borrow items from other libraries!

Library Search

Search the collections of Howard-Tilton in multiple formats, or use the drop-down menu to preselect books, articles, media, and other types of materials.





What if Tulane does not have a book or article I need?

If Tulane does not have a book you need in it's collection, please register to use the library's Interlibrary Loan service ILLiad.

ILLiad allows students, faculty, and staff of Tulane University to place Interlibrary Loan requests for materials from outside universities quickly and efficiently. Through ILLiad you can also renew, track, edit, and view the history of your requests.

Although it can take as little as a few days to receive an ILL request, please allow 10-14 days. Dissertations, theses and other rare or hard to find items may take longer or be unavailable.

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