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Prof. Murdoch's courses: a research guide

A guide to resources for research assignments in Prof. Murdoch's courses on Victorian Britain, History of Childhood, The First World War & British Imperialism.

Research Methods

You are encouraged to schedule a 1:1 research consultation appointment with History Librarian Carollynn Costella

To look at items in Vassar's Archives and Special Collections Library, please schedule an appointment by emailing

If Vassar Library does not have the book or article, use ILLiad to request the item using InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

WorldCat is a collective catalog for tens of thousands of libraries world wide and a great place to find books beyond Vassar which you can request through ILL

**Check bibliographies and footnotes for other sources on your topic. Reference works have helpful bibliographies as well as reliable contextual information. Consider what available primary sources will support the research questions you are asking and how

**A good resource to use first in your research: C19 database, an umbrella database including multiple British (and American) archive databases, some full text, some citation only, for books, pamphlets and periodicals

Vassar Library is a member of Center for Research Libraries, which includes archival materials, microfilm collections, digital sources, as well as a wide selection (although often with missing years) of British, Indian, Irish, Caribbean and African journals and newspapers.

Vassar Library is a member of HathiTrust, a digitization project of print book collections from a set of prestigious college and university libraries, where all materials published prior to 1928 are available in full-text open access.  Books published later are not available in full text, but they are searchable there.