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Subject Guide: History

Historical Research Pro Seminar

Books in Blackwell Library:

  • Search the online Library Catalog for books in Blackwell Library.  You can search by Title, Author, Subject or Keyword, or you can do a browse search.   The books you can check out say "Stacks" before the call number and are located on the second floor of the library. Click on the title of the book and then the "availability" button to find your books location.

Ordering books from the USMAI catalog:

  • To find anthropology books that are available in Blackwell Library and other libraries throughout the University System of Maryland, use the online catalog.  Books take about 3-5 business days to arrive at Blackwell. You will be notified with email upon your books arrival.

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILIAD)

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered to patrons who are unable to find certain books or articles through Blackwell Library or other USMAI Libraries.  Library staff may be able to request these items if they are owned by libraries across the United States. You will have to create your own ILIAD account.

  • To create your account click here: Iliad

  • To search for books outside of USMAI Libraries use WorldCat:



There are many databases that provide historical articles including primary sources. Please see the History page and click on the databases tab.

Primary Sources and Secondary Sources:

What is a primary source? According to The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers a primary resource is:

Primary sources are the "materials on a topic upon which subsequent interpretations or studies are based, anything from firsthand documents such as poems, diaries, court records, and interviews to research results generated by experiments, surveys, ethnographies, and so on."*

*From Hairston, Maxine and John J. Ruszkiewicz. The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers. 4th ed. New York : HarperCollins College Publishers, 1996, pg. 547.


Here is a list of primary and secondary sources from Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library:

  Primary Source Secondary Source
Art Original artwork Article critiquing the piece of art
History Slave diary Book about the Underground Railroad
Literature Poem Treatise on a particular genre of poetry
Political Science Treaty Essay on Native American land rights
Science or Social Sciences Report of an original experiment Review of several studies on the same topic
Theatre Videotape of a performance Biography of a playwright





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The library liaison to History is Susan Brazer, | 410-546-4370