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Research Guide

This research guide lists some of the resources that you may want to use for your paper. 

Have questions or need research help? Please contact Theresa Mudrock, the history librarian, via email at

For quick background information on a topic use the following encyclopedias. Some  are online, while others are in print. Items with a lock icon require that you use the red off-campus access button in the upper right and login with your uwnetid if you are connecting from home.

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Citation Guide

Historian's generally use the Chicago style format for footnotes/endnotes and bibliography.  This one page guide provides examples for the most common type of sources. See the Citations and Writing page for more guides and information.

Find Secondary Sources

Link your search terms using the AND connector.  For example: monsters and medieval. To find the fulltext of the article (if not provided directly in the database), look for a "Check for Full Text" button and work your way through the screens. If there is no button then do a title search in the UW Only Catalog and search for the title of the book or journal.

Not all articles will be online, some may only be in print, others may not be available at the UW. Articles from journals which the UW does not own can be requested via Interlibrary loan.


Search UW WorldCat for Books

UW WorldCat: Search UW Libraries and beyond What is UW WorldCat?

UW Worldcat is especially useful when you want to search as broadly as possible for a topic or when you are seeking a relatively rare item that isn't likely to be available at the UW. It also facilitates borrowing books from other libraries.

Tips for searching UW WorldCat for Books:

  • Use the tabs to search just the book portion of UW Worldcat -- this will automatically omit book reviews, other articles and such from your search results.
  • When searching for a specific book use quotations around the first few words of the title, e.g., "monsters and grotesques"
  • Getting too many irrelevant results? Use the toolbar on the left to narrow down your search.  You can limit by format, author, language, publication date, etc.

Tips for searching UW WorldCat for Medieval Texts:

  • Identify published primary sources cited in your secondary sources.  Search for the title of the primary source in quotes, e.g., "lais of Marie de France"
  • Search for books within series that translate medieval sources, use quotations around the series name. Some important series are:
    • Oxford Medieval Texts
    • Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
    • Mediaeval Sources in Translation
    • Toronto Medieval Latin Texts
    • Manchester Medieval Sources Series
    • Garland Medieval Texts
    • Irish Text Society Series

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