HIST 300 - Introduction to Historical Thinking

Class library research guide for Introduction to Historical Thinking.

Library Research Guide

Research Consultations with Sara K. Kearns & Dan Ireton

A librarian can meet with you at any point in your research process and help you:

  • create a research plan
  • determine if there are primary or secondary sources that you can access for your topic
  • identify other archives or organizations that you can contact 
  • improve your literature review
  • learn to critically evaluate your sources
  • request materials from other libraries

Schedule appointments with Sara K. Kearns or Dan Ireton. We can meet in person or via Zoom.

Interlibrary Loan Overview

In the course of your research, you will discover articles, books, and other materials that are not immediately available to you because:

  • K-State Libraries do not own them, or
  • they are currently checked out.

Request these materials through interlibrary loan. Every current K-State student, faculty, and staff member has an interlibrary loan account. The first time you login to that account with your eID and password you will be prompted to provide contact information to finish setting up the account.

Essential Facts About our Interlibrary Loan Service:

  • K-State Libraries will pay for the cost of obtaining these items.
  • Typical delivery times are
    • 2-5 days for PDFs (articles, chapters, etc.)
    • 3-10 days for other material
  • PDFs are uploaded to your Interlibrary Loan account.
  • You will receive an e-mail when your item is available.
  • You can request textbooks through Interlibrary Loan, but our ability to get textbooks is dependent upon another library having a copy available to loan to us.

Interlibrary Loan Pro-Tips

  • Chapters (or anything under 50 pages) are scanned and uploaded as a pdf for you. If you know the pages, you can request a book chapter and get it faster than requesting the whole book.
  • Books are processed faster if you include the ISBN number (this can be found the record for the book on sites like WorldCat Discovery, book sellers or publisher websites)
  • If you are a Distance Student look for the "Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan" link in Search It to request a book from K-State Libraries.

Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is the guide to writing conventions, citations, footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies in history.

Writing Consultations

Struggling with verb tenses, run-on sentences, and getting the words in your head to make sense on the page?

Contact K-State's Writing Center!

Just like the Libraries, getting help at the Writing Center is free!