While this specific tab has tips to help you succeed in this course, please check out the other tabs, which have more fulsome information and links to other helpful resources. Other useful Research Guides are:
University of Waterloo Library staff have also created two learning modules that may help you with understanding how to use the library catalogue and how to find books within the library:
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To search for books in print at the Milton Good Library or other Omni libraries, follow these steps:
To search for articles in the Library catalogue (Omni), follow these steps:
While many articles are available in full-text format, some are not. In any database, click on the Get It! Waterloo logo to see if the library has a paper copy or search the Library catalogue (Omni) for the JOURNAL title.
When researching a topic, it is important to look at both primary and second sources of information.
Primary sources are first-hand accounts of an event, topic, or person. These could be letters, diaries, speeches, laws etc. that were written by your research subject or by someone who was "in the room where it happened." An example of this in a Hamilton context would be the Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.
Secondary sources are second-hand accounts of an event, topic, or person. These could be biographies about your hero or analyses/interpretations of their work. An example of this would be the book One united people: the Federalist Papers and the national idea by Edward Millican, which studies and analyses the importance of the Federalist Papers to the spirit of nationalism in the United States.