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HIST104: Historical Methodology - The Art and Craft of the Historian

Unit 5: Research Libraries   Research libraries are excellent locations for starting historical research projects.  These libraries generally contain books, journals, and other materials on a wide variety of historical subjects.  Reference librarians will assist researches by identifying and locating materials for their projects and providing guidance about individual libraries’ holdings.  Research libraries also have online catalogues that will help researchers locate materials quickly and efficiently.  In this unit, we will look at how to conduct historical research at research libraries and examine some of the research tools that these libraries have available for patrons. 

Unit 5 Time Advisory
Completing this unit should take you approximately 7 hours.

☐    Subunit 5.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 5.2: 5 hours

    ☐    Subunit 5.2.1: 1.5 hours

    ☐    Subunit 5.2.2: 0.5 hour

    ☐    Subunit 5.2.3: 1.5 hours

    ☐    Subunit 5.2.4: 1.25 hours

    ☐    Subunit 5.2.5: 0.25 hour

Unit5 Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to: - Define and differentiate between various types of libraries.

5.1 How to Use Research Libraries   5.1.1 Different Types of Libraries   - Reading: The American Library Association: “Types of Libraries” Link: The American Library Association: “Types of Libraries”  (PDF)
 
Instructions: Read the article on the webpage.
 
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5.1.2 Preparing to Conduct Library Research   - Reading: Trent University’s Thomas J. Bata Library: “Research Preparation Worksheet” Link: Trent University’s Thomas J. Bata Library: “Research Preparation Worksheet” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Review the research worksheet in the webpage.
 
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5.1.3 Reference Services: Electronic References   - Reading: The Library of Congress’s Ask a Librarian: “Virtual Reference Shelf” Link: The Library of Congress’s Ask a Librarian: “Virtual Reference Shelf”  (PDF)
 
Instructions: Review the entire webpage.
 
The Library of Congress’ “Virtual Reference Shelf” offers general electronic references resources for many different subjects.  Information obtained through electronic reference searches may be used for later in-person research in a library. 
 
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5.1.4 Special Collections Departments   - Web Media: iTunes U: University of South Florida Tampa Library Special Collections Department: Mark Greenburg’s “Welcome to Special Collections” Link: iTunes U: University of South Florida Tampa Library Special Collections Department: Mark Greenberg’s “Welcome to Special Collections” (iTunes U)
 
Instructions: View the 5-minute video clip through iTunes U.
 
The Special Collections Department at University of South Florida, Tampa’s Library preserves unique archives and manuscripts in both digital and physical formats.
 
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5.2 Library Resources   5.2.1 Conducting Online Catalogue Searches   - Reading: Connexions: David Getman’s and Paula Sanders’s “Searching Online Catalogues: WebCat” Link: Connexions: David Getman’s and Paula Sanders’s “Searching Online Catalogues: WebCat” (PDF)
 
Also available in:
 
ePub (Viewable in iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and other reader devices)
 
Instructions: Review the article on the webpage.
 
This online teaching module provides basic instruction for using online library catalogues.  Most research libraries maintain online library catalogues.  Researches can search these catalogues and locate books, journals, and other physical resources at the libraries.  Call numbers obtained through the online catalogue provide physical location information for each resource.
 
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5.2.2 Locating Electronic Resources   - Reading: New York University Libraries: “Find Resources” Link: New York University Libraries: “Find Resources” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Review the information on the webpage.
 
While this page in intended for New York University students, it details a wide variety of general electronic resources that may be found in most academic and research libraries.
 
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5.2.3 Using InterLibrary Loan   - Reading: Connexions: David Getman’s and Paula Sanders’ “Borrowing Resources through Interlibrary Loan: Iliad” Link: Connexions: David Getman’s and Paula Sanders’ “Borrowing Resources through Interlibrary Loan: Iliad” (PDF)
 
Also available in:
  
ePub (Viewable in iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and other reader devices)
 
Instructions: Review the article on the webpage.
 
This online teaching module provides basic instructions for borrowing library materials through InterLibrary Loan (specifically the web-based Iliad).  When books, journals, and other research materials are not available through a local research library, InterLibrary Loan allows researchers to submit requests for these materials from other libraries.  InterLibrary Loan requests may be filled out online and submitted to libraries electronically.  Local libraries will alert patrons when the requested materials are available for local pickup.
 
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5.2.4 Microfilm and Microfiche   - Reading: Connexions: David Getman’s and Paula Sanders’ “Conducting Research Using Microfiche, Microfilm, and Microcard” Link: Connexions: David Getman’s and Paula Sanders’ “Conducting Research Using Microfiche, Microfilm, and Microcard” (PDF)
 
Also available in:
  
ePub (Viewable in iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and other reader devices)
 
Instructions: Review the article on the webpage.
 
This online teaching module provides basic instructions for locating and using Microfilm, Microfiche, and Microcard resources.  These three photographic methods for storing records can be intimidating for first-time users, but they are relatively simple to use and enable us to access a wide variety of printed and written primary source materials.
 
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Gsulibrarytraining’s “Loading Microfilm” Link: YouTube: Gsulibrarytraining’s “Loading Microfilm” (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: View the brief 1:30-minute video clip through YouTube.
     
    This video clip provides both a visual representation and text with instructions on how to load microfilm.
     
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End of Unit Assessment   - Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: Unit 5 Quiz” Link: The Saylor Foundation's HIST104: Unit 5 Quiz (PDF)

 Instructions: Complete the linked quiz above.  When you are done,
check your work against The Saylor Foundation's [HIST104: Unit 5
Quiz Answer
Key](http://www.saylor.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/HIST104-Unit5QuizAnswerKey.pdf)
(PDF)