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Library Research for Undergraduate History Students: An Introduction

A general guide to using the library for historical research.


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This guide is intended for undergraduate History students who are doing a project that requires original research and working with sources.

The purpose of this guide is to:

  1. Offer research strategies that can help you make effective use of your time.  
  2. Discuss how historians distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
  3. Provide some guidance on where to begin looking for these kinds of sources. 

If you have any questions at any stage of your project, please don't hesitate to contact us! Visit us in the Main Library, Room 246, call us at (217) 333-1509, or email

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