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Getting Started

With links to a variety of resources just for your course, this guide is a great place to start your research!  Remember that these are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Josh Cohen, x1453 or e-mail AskUs.

Class Research Scenario


You work for a local Pennsylvania politician as a speechwriter. Your boss is giving a speech at Gettysburg in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. You will have to write the speech about the Gettysburg National Military Park, but first you will need some resources. Find one article that you believe is from a reputable source, using the library website.

Be prepared to answer the following questions about each resource:

  • How did you find this resource (what database, search engine, or catalog and what keywords did you use)?

  • How would this resource help you write your speech?

  • Is this a primary or secondary resource?
  • Is this a scholarly resource?

Post a link to your reference resource in this Google Doc and be prepared to discuss the answers to the above questions.

Subject Guide

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

What's the difference?

Watch this video to learn more!