Are you new to historical research? Don't panic, it's not as overwhelming as you might think.
Generally, you should start your research by looking for secondary sources. The two main secondary sources in history are Books and Journal Articles. Secondary sources provide context and background for your research, and will help you to narrow your topic and help to identify which primary sources you wish to find.
More specialized research may require you to find other types of information, such as biographies, book reviews, chronologies, geographical information, and statistics.
Advanced students may wish to look for dissertations and theses.
Don't forget that there are books and websites that are guides to history research sources & methods.
If you are looking for primary sources, please see the History: Primary Sources research guide.
Quick Research Tutorials
Intro to College Level Research
An overview of college research, including the web and library resources.
Creating a Research Strategy
How to turn your topic into a search that will WORK!
How to evaluate the information you locate, including the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly sources.
Why and how to format your citations in APA and MLA style.