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HIST 100: Confucius and His Critics

Prof. Seungjoo Yoon - Fall 2022

Key resources for this class

Starting with Reference sources

Types of Sources

Think of the paper you're writing as a story that you are narrating. In this story, you want both primary and secondary sources. Your job as a scholar of history is to weave together primary and secondary sources to make a new, coherent argument.

  • Primary source = A book, article, picture, letter, document, or other item that was produced in the past. 
  • Secondary source = Scholarship that is reflecting back upon and analyzing something that happened in the past.
  • Reference source = Books or databases that contain quick facts, short essays, bibliographies, descriptions of trends in scholarship. 
  • Database = An organized place this information is stored online. 

How to browse for a book

Browsing the shelves

The books in the library are shelved in call number order, so books on a similar topic are shelved together. Take time to look at the books shelved near books that you've found. You can also use Catalyst to virtually browse the shelves: click on a record for a print book title (ebooks are not included in this feature) and scroll down to Virtual Browse to see books that would be shelved nearby.


[visual description: screen shot showing book titles in the Catalyst virtual browse]