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Researching the Post: Scholarly Sources


At least half of your sources should be scholarly sources. The other half may be credible popular sources.

Scholarly sources = academic articles, books, and websites + media created by experts in the field

  • Sources should have been written within the last 40-50 years
  • Ideally, you'll use a mix of older sources (1960s-1980s) and newer sources (1990s-present) to get a sense of how the interpretations & information have changed over time.

Research Tips

  1. Use the librarians. You have access to an incredible resource in the UB Librarians. Live Chat or Email them for advice about sources relevant to your topic. This can save you time and provide you with quality sources.
  2. Follow the footnotes. If you find a good source, look at the list of references, notes, or bibliography for additional sources related to your topic.
  3. If a source is mentioned frequently in your articles or books, go read it. If an author’s name or a specific article/book/website keep coming up, that means its important.
  4. Hurrah for electronic sources! You can request an electronic copy of a chapter from a book in the UB and get ahold of articles and book chapters from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

Where to find your sources

  • See “Potential Sources” (Google Spreadsheet)
    • Search or filter by civilization name
  • World History Resources from UB Libraries
    • WorldCat
    • Journal Databases from UB Libraries:
      • Project Muse
      • JSTOR
      • Google Scholar
    • Reference Databases from UB Libraries
      • Blackwell Reference Online
      • Cambridge Histories Online
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
      • Daily Life through History
      • Encyclopaedia Judaica
    • E-Books from UB Libraries
      • Google Books
      • ebrary Complete
      • E-Book Library
      • ACLS Humanities Database
    • Primary sources (written in the time and place you’re studying):
      • Internet History Sourcebooks
      • Hathi Trust
      • Europeana
      • Google Books
    • Google Advanced Search
    • Wikipedia footnotes
      • Very useful IF AND ONLY IF there isn't a box at the top of the article telling you the page is missing citations or sources, has a biased POV, or contains some other substantial error.