Research Guide for

HIST 1133 Minnesota History (Sharpe)

Encyclopedias
Articles for Historical Context
JSTOR
JSTOR contains hundreds of scholarly journals from all disciplines. Full text coverage varies by journal.


American History
American political, military, social, and cultural history, with expanded coverage of American women’s history and U.S. government.  

African American History
500 years of African-American history.

American Indian History
15,000 years of American Indian history and culture.
 
Minnesota History: The Quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society (online)
Minnesota History: The Quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society is a peer-reviewed magazine. The online archive includes issues from 1915 to present. There is an index as well as a search bar.

Online Archive & Index  

Minnesota History: The Quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society (print)
Minnesota History: The Quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society is a peer-reviewed magazine. Normandale Library owns print issues from 1925-present. The most recent issue can be found in the Magazine Collection. For older issues, as at the Circulation Desk.

Primary Sources for Minnesota History
Refine Your Topic
Choosing a research topic can take a bit of trial and error. After choosing a topic, you may need to refine it as you start your research. Watch the video below from North Carolina State University Library to understand the research cycle.

Refining Your Topic
Use this guide from Golden Gate University for addtional tips and information for refining your topic. 
Picking Your Topic IS Research (North Carolina State University Library)
Developing Keywords for Your Research (Monroe CC Libraries)
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Primary Sources: Provide direct or firsthand evidence
Can be Qualitative or Quantitative Data
Examples: Diaries, speeches, photographs, census data, and other government documents, newspaper articles

Secondary Sources: Produced after the event and analyze or interpret in some way. 
Examples: biographies, scholarly Articles, encyclopedias, newspapers
Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources (Imagine Easy Solutions)
Ask a Librarian
Access Databases from Off Campus
Keyword Worksheet
Evaluate Source Credibility
Cite your Sources (MLA)
Cite your Sources (Chicago)