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HIST 337: Global Military History I

Covers prehistory to 1870

HIST 337: Global Military History I --
Research Assignment Help

Don't be defeated by research this semester!

You can win the war by checking out the tips and timeline below to help you get started.

Questions? Contact Kim Marks.

Advice & Timeline for Conducting Research

Weeks 1-2: Think of a Topic 

Suggestions for generating project ideas.

  1. Think about what interests you in terms of military history (certain leaders, wars, battles, technology, etc.).
  2. Read through your syllabus or talk to someone from your class (a student or your professor) -- it may spark an idea.
  3. Thumb through the table of contents of an encyclopedia -- these can be great IDEA GENERATORS.

Weeks 2-4: Start your Research

  • Start learning about your topic.
  • Identify specific RESEARCH QUESTIONS to focus your paper on.
  • Use the Background Reading tab for places to start

As you learn more about your topic, don't forget to ...

  1. Keep a list of important names, dates, and keywords for later searching.
  2. Use the bibliographies of encyclopedia entries to find more sources.

Weeks 5-8: Find Books

Once you have a research question(s), you are ready to dig deeper.

  • Search for Books in print and online.
  • Give yourself time. ILL books may take 7 to 10 business days to arrive.

TIP: Use the table of contents and/or index to find the most relevant portions of books quickly.

Weeks 9-11: Find Articles

For best results, search for articles after books. 

Find your sources early. Give yourself a couple of weeks to write in case more sources are needed.

Primary Sources & Citations

If Using Primary Sources ...

  • Find Primary Sources in print and online.
  • REMINDER: To thoroughly engage with primary sources, be sure to locate them alongside your books and articles; don't simply insert them at the end.


And Don't Forget to Cite Your Sources

  • When compiling your bibliography, look here for help: Cite Sources
  • Librarians can help you cite correctly too.