- Begin by using the keyword brainstorming worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.
- Search in a library catalog (Summon, 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.
- You may also wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet. Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
- Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet to evaluate the sources you find!
- 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
SOME 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||Haiti -- Politics and government -- 1791-1804|
Other LCSH subdivisions to look out for:
|-- History and criticism|
|-- Bibliography||-- Sources|
|-- Criticism and interpretation||-- Influence|
|-- Archival resources|
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.
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences; most journals 2-5 years out-of-date
Index to thousands of academic journals covering world history (excluding the US and Canada) from 1450 to present, in over 40 languages, with full-text available. Dates of Coverage: 1955 to date
FRANCIS (International Humanities and Social Sciences)
Subjects: archaeology; art history; ethnology; French literature; geography; history of science and technology; information science; linguistics; management; philosophy; prehistory; religion; sociology. Dates of Coverage: 1984-
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.
Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1: 1718-1876
Historical Caribbean newspapers most published in the English language; some also in Spanish, French, and Danish.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
This historical map collection has over 54,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
Free access to digital collections including music, video, web sites and millions of public-domain books.
Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Collections include: British politics and society; European literature 1790-1840: the Corvey Collection; Asia and the West: Diplomacy and cultural exchange; British theatre, music, and literature: high and popular culture.
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
- Oberlin College Writing Center
Located in the Academic Commons of Mudd Library (first floor)
- Citation Help -- Print sources at Oberlin
- Citation Help -- Online sources
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR SOURCES
ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool that helps researchers gather, manage, store and share information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies in a wide variety of styles.
- Search - OBIS, OhioLink, PubMed & Scopus
- Share - Folders via URL
- Store - PDFs online and take notes
- Read - Search your references fulltext and save searches
- Write - Create a simple reference list and use Write-N-Cite to format paper in Microsoft Word
- Check out our video tutorial!