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Library Quick Links
- Ask a LibrarianYou can chat, text, or email a library with your research questions.
- Library Hours & UpdatesGet the latest information on the library's hours.
Primary Source -- The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry (1077 AD) depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England as well as the events of the invasion itself.
Writing Advice and Hints
- How Do I Write a History Paper?Advice for putting getting started on a History paper covering selecting a topic and conducting preliminary research.
- NCU Academic Success Center: ParaphrasingA very comprehensive guide on how to paraphrase.
- Plagiarism: ParaphrasingA guide to paraphrasing from Randolph College; includes examples as well as a summary of the difference between quoting and paraphrasing
- University of Kansas Writing Center on ParaphrasingExplains the differences between paraphrasing and Summarizing
- What is an Annotated Bibliography?From Cornell University, this quick guide offers defining characteristics of an annotated bib. as well as its difference with an abstract.
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography (Skidmore College)Includes sections on elements, structure and examples of writing an annotated bibliographies.
- Sample Annotated BibliographyA sample of an annotated bibliography entries from the Purdue OWL.
Research Basics Advice
Research is a process. It can take more time and effort than simply plugging a few keywords into Google and taking the top three hits.
Before you begin library research, the following library resources are recommended:
1) Watch this three minute video introduction to the UHMC Library Website:
2. Take the library's self-guided Searching as Exploration: Getting Started with Research tutorial (takes 30-45 minutes):
Evaluating Your Sources
Are your sources crappy or not? Evaluate your sources using this CRAAP test.
- The CRAAP TestClick above to view a CRAAP Test evaluation sheet.
- -- When was the information created?
- -- Does your topic require updated information?
- -- Does the information relate to your paper/project?
- -- Is it written at an appropriate level? (not too advanced or elementary)
- -- Is the author qualified to write on this subject?
- -- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
- -- Where does the information come from?
- -- Is the information supported by legitimate sources?
- -- Why was the site created (advertising, share knowledge, entertainment)?
- -- Do the authors make their intentions clear?
Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian
- OWL @ Purdue: Chicago Formatting and Style Guide
- Turabian Citation Quick Guide - Overview of basic examples from Univ. of Chicago Press website for Turabian 8th edition. Turabian is essentially the same as Chicago, with minor modifications to meet student writing needs.
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There are 2 styles to choose from when using Chicago -- ask your professor which style they would like you to use. The main differences between the styles are where the references are placed, where the dates are placed, and how the titles are capitalized.
1. Notes/Bibliography - Humanities: numbered footnotes or endnotes at the bottom of each page, with Bibliography or Works Cited list at the end of the paper, listing alphabetically the sources in your notes. Your professor may not require that you include a separate Works Cited list if all of the information is included in your footnotes -- but you may be asked to provide a bibliography of all sources consulted.
2. Reference List/Parenthetical (in-text citations) - Author/Date: in your text, brief references are listed consisting of the author's last name, publication year, and page(s) referred to, with an alphabetized Reference List at the end of your paper. The reference list at the end of your paper provides complete entries for works cited in parenthetical references.