Usually you will first want to gather background information on your topic. Or, perhaps you have a few topics in mind and just want to read a little bit about each one before making a choice. Reference sources, such as subject encyclopedias, often are the best place to start. They're terrific at laying out basic information about a topic: a chronicle of its history; current status; key events; key people; and most importantly, a bibliography of additional sources.
Reference sources will vary depending on your specific topic. A selection of print sources recommended for this class are listed in this guide; they also are listed on your class Blackboard page.
Finding Library Books
on the Library Gateway. If you have a specific book in mind,
search by Title or Author; if not, try Subject (assigned subject headings) or Keyword (a word that appears in the
title or elsewhere). You may want to
browse virtually in the Bowdoin catalog: look for additional headings under
“Subject,” or added "Tags" or "Similar Books" when you have
a record on the screen.
The call numbers for
books about Exploration,
- books, videos, government documents, etc. in Bowdoin's library
- combined catalog of Bowdoin, Bates, Colby,
- combined catalog for all the libraries in the State,
What is the Difference Between a Primary Source and a Secondary Source?
According to A
Manual for Writers by Kate Turabian (