Once you have developed your topic and identified relevant keywords, you should begin your research by consulting reference resources. The Library provides access to reference resources in searchable online form, along with reference books.
To search the library catalog online:
1. Go to the BHS Library website
2. Click on the link for the library catalog
3. Log in with your student ID and password
4. Complete a keyword search. A good rule of thumb is to search your topic a minimum of five ways.
Start with a Keyword search
Two helpful tips:
Examples of good searches:
When you find a useful book in the catalog, click on the Subject Headings in its catalog record to identify additional books on the same topic.
Search using some of the keywords that describe your subject in combination with one or more of the following terms:
Example: immigrants and (letters or correspondence or diaries)
“And” narrows your results.
“Or” is more and is used primarily with synonyms or related terms.
The Stuff History is Made Of
Description of Primary Sources