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History: HIS 1020

A guide to doing historical research through the Lila D. Bunch Library

Tips on JSTOR

  • Default search is in the full text of articles; to narrow, change to "Item Title."
  • Only 10% of articles have abstracts, so a search in "Abstract" will be very narrow.
  • Select "Articles" as item type, to avoid retrieving multiple book reviews

Tips on the Catalog

  • Use subject headings listed for each book to lead you to other resources.
  • E-books can be opened for a one-time use or downloaded to be used for seven days. Follow the on-screen instructions to create an account (free).
  • Create a list of useful items from the catalog by checking the small box in front of each title.  Select "Add to List."  Log in with your BU ID number and your last name.  Once logged in, you can access the list by going to "My List" at the top of the screen.  Lists may be emailed or printed.

Interlibrary Loan

Our interlibrary loan system allows you to borrow materials from other libraries.  Keep in mind that this is an international system, with many users worldwide, so it is not instantaneous.  The system is designed to share the load of lending among many institutions, so you may not receive your loaned item from the closest library - translation:  Don't expect to have a book from Vanderbilt sent over to Belmont right away!

Fun Facts:

  • Once you create your free interlibrary loan account, it is yours as long as you are a Belmont student.
  • Once you create your account, you can start requesting items immediately.
  • The interlibrary loan link from "Find Full Text at BU" will automatically populate your request when you log in.
  • Loan requests typically take three to five days, so allow yourself plenty of time.
  • Articles will arrive electronically; you will be sent a link via e-mail.
  • Books and other physical items must be picked up at the Interlibrary Loan Office on the library's first floor.

Plagiarism Sources

Most style manuals include information on avoiding plagiarism:

The Chicago Manual of Style
Reference First Floor Ref Z253.U69 2010

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations:Chicago Style for Students and Researchers / Kate L. Turabian
Reference First Floor Ref LB2369 .T8 2007

Handbook for Writers of Research Papers / Joseph Gibaldi
Reference First Floor  Ref LB2369 .G53
Stacks First Floor LB2369 .G53

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Reference First Floor Ref BF76.7 .P83

Plagiarism Exercises

Plagiarism PowerPoint