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History Research

Student guide to history research at UWM

Best Bets-History Databases

Search Strategies for Secondary Sources

Keeping Track of the Conversation with Citations

This video demonstrates how to find sources cited within a text.

Use Google Scholar to Find More Sources

This video demonstrates how to use the "cited by" and "related articles" feature in Google Scholar to find interrelated sources.

Finding Books

How do I find a call number on the shelf?

Follow these steps when you're looking for a book on the shelf.

  1. Find the correct letter combination. L comes before LA on the shelves.
  2. Look for the number - be sure to look for the whole number. 19 comes before 23 and 23 comes before 2340 (two thousand three hundred forty).
  3. In the last line, first locate the letter and then the decimal. .M371 will come before .M38

This image shows the order in which some sample call numbers would appear: L 19. M322, LA 23. M38, LA 2340. M371, LA 2340. M38