It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
We are excited to share our new Library catalog and search tool! We hope that you will find it easy to search and explore our collections. If you need help, have questions, or want to share feedback, visit the Ask a Librarian page.
“Not only do researchers need to identify specific resources to address their questions and support an argument, but they also may need to familiarize themselves with a new sub-field of history or work from another discipline. Historians often need assistance orienting themselves to the resources available on a new topic, both primary and secondary. Again, many scholars rely on citations, general web searches, and subscription databases when exploring new topics. Few reported working with a librarian in these instances, and some rely instead on colleagues. In general, exploring new topics was reported as one of the most daunting aspects of the research process for historians.”
“While I technically could complete a dissertation without stepping foot into an archive, I wouldn’t want to (and I don’t think such a dissertation would garner much respect). The archive is still essential. Texts are still essential.”