- Begin your search with a library catalog (OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources. They provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT, review and SUMMARIZE earlier work, help you FOCUS your topic and provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
- Next, search research databases to find articles. The Library has hundreds of databases available, but the ones listed below are good places to begin.
- Finally, you may wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet. Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
- Historical context/background -- what was Saint-Domingue/Haiti like during the time period you're interested in?
- Who was present? Indigenous people, slaves, free people of color, Europeans? What brought them there? What was their impact on the society (socially, politically, economically, etc.)?
- What types of documents exist about these people? Who is creating these documents? Why?
- What are the people themselves writing? Why? What is being written *about* them? Why?
Start with some keyword brainstorming!
OhioLINK Library Catalog
Library of Congress Subject Heading possibilities
|Hispaniola -- Maps||Slavery -- St-Domingue|
|Hispaniola -- Maps -- Early works to 1800||Haiti -- Politics and government -- To 1791|
|Saint-Domingue||Racially mixed people -- Haiti -- History|
|Blacks -- Haiti -- History||Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804|
|Slave insurrections -- Haiti|
|-- History and criticism|
|-- Bibliography||-- Sources|
|-- Criticism and interpretation||-- Influence|
|-- Archival resources|
Summon -- searches across a wide range of library content, and not just books! It includes journal and newspaper articles, data, digital audio, video and images, and so much more. Try it and see what you can discover.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
Citations and abstracts for dissertations and theses on all subjects from around the world. Previews and full text available for some titles.
Hours: 10am-noon, 1-4:30pm M-F
Unpublished materials and objects relating to the College and to some degree, the town
Main Ref Z 1361.N39 E185 P48 2008
American Bibliography; A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets, and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America From the Genesis of Printing in 1639 Down to and Including the Year 1820.
Main Ref Z 1215 .E92 vols. 1 - 13
American Bibliography; A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets, and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America From the Genesis of Printing in 1639 Down to and Including the Year 1820. Main Ref Z 1215 .E92 vols. 1 - 13
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800)
Full-text, searchable scans of source material of all types from the 17th and 18th centuries; an important resource for primary information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America.
Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
Primary source matierial of all types documenting American history from 1801-1819.
Free access to digital collections including music, video, web sites and millions of public-domain books.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive. Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition
Contains information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- Keyword brainstorming exercise -- use this worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find