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Women in United States History

General Reference Titles

These Reference Sources help to select or narrow a topic;  Some of the dictionaries or encyclopedias are available in print and others are in electronic format.  Search within them for your subject, i.e., "woman's suffrage" or "women and religion" and find related entries.  See the references at the end of the entries for additional resources.

Research and Reading Tips

Research Tip:

  • Before searching for your topic, brainstorm for synonyms, or alternative terms. For example, "suffrage"  or "voting rights"  Reference books, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias related to your general topic, are excellent sources with which to begin.
  • Remember to put all phrases in "quotation marks" when you search, i.e. "civil war"

Background Reading Tip:

  • Read for historical background and context
  • Does the article or book have a bibliography or list of references?   
  • If YES--review references for additional sources on your topic.

How to Read Library of Congress Call Numbers

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What makes a good research question?

It is Critical, not Simple:

A Critical question.....

  • leads to more questions
  • provokes discussion
  • derives from a critical or careful reading of the text or understanding of a topic
  • addresses wider issues

A Simple question.......

  • can be answered with a "yes" or "no"
  • contains the answers within the question
  • can be answered by a fact, or a series of facts
  • can easily be found by "Googling"


 Accurately write down or enter the citation for the book, chapter or article you have selected in the format selected by your professor.  The most common format   used for historical research is the Chicago Style Format.

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