Skip to main content

History Research Guide

The items listed below represent some of the best current sources for history. They contain numerous links to other websites which feature various aspects of the past.


This extensive guide of history sources has been compiledfor the Iowa State University Libraryby History Subject Specialist, Ed Goedeken.

General Resource Links

ISU Library Quick Search
Find Books & More (ISU Collections)

Basic Resources

Your Library

Browzine - History Journals


Library Workshops @ Parks Library

Details on upcoming Fall 2017 Workshops.

Pre-registration is required for all our Library Workshops. Registration opens 60 days before event.
Register for our Library Workshops online through the Learn@ISU website. Please let us know if you require any accommodation.

Fall 2017 Workshops!

Grad Students: Everything you need to know about the Library...but were afraid to ask!
Learn how to find dissertations, influential research articles and important journals in your subject area!  Find out who is your subject librarian, and learn about Library services that can help facilitate your research and writing!
Thursday, Sept. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.

Save Students Money: Adopt an Affordable Textbook for your Course
This Workshop is co-sponsored by ISU Library, CELT, and the University Bookstore.

Come learn about Open Educational Resources and how you can save your students money!  
Did you know that 24% of students in a recent study reported that they were forced to drop courses and even majors due to high textbook costs? Open Educational Resources (OER) offer one possible solution to this problem. 
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12:10-1:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Zotero
Zotero is  a great free tool for managing citations and documents, ideal for tracking sources used in you research. This workshop will show you the basics so you can:

  • Collect and organized articles and citations - add notes and personalized tags
  • Sync data - add references even when away from your own computer
  • Add references to Word documents and reformat citations to meet any journal's style
  • Share citations and documents through a Group Library

Join us to get started with Zotero! You are welcome to bring your laptop to jump right in or use an ISU computer for some hands-on experience.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Mendeley
Wish you could...

  • extract details from academic papers into a database?
  • filter your library by authors, journals or key words?
  • share and synchronize your library with selected colleagues?

This workshop for beginners introduces Mendeley.  Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network.  Make your own fully searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Beyond the Text: Rare Books as Artifacts
What will you discover when you approach a book beyond its text and examine it as an artifact? Trace the transition from manuscript to print culture evidenced in early books and manuscript leaves from the library's rare books collection. Participants will learn to identify unique features of hand-press era books and have the opportunity to explore a book from the collection to discover its history.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with EndNote Web
Lost the references you need for your research paper? Thesis & dissertation citations becoming unmanageable?  This workshop for beginners introduces EndNote Web, a free bibliographic management program that helps you collect, organize, format, and use your collected citations in your writing projects.  Learn how to get started with EndNote Web!
Thursday, Oct. 19, 3-4:30 p.m.

Open Educational Resources: Faculty and Students Weigh In
This Panel Discussion is co-sponsored by ISU Library and CELT.  
Join us for a panel discussion on the impact of OER in the classroom. Faculty using Open Educational Resources (OER) in their courses share the benefits and challenges of making the switch to OER and students share their opinion on how OER could affect their learning. Participants will leave the workshop with plans for incorporating OER into their courses and a pathway to making their classes more affordable.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3:00-5:00

Data Management Planning: An Introduction
Ever wondered what makes a good data management plan? Have questions about data sharing & open data? Interested in learning how other researchers manage data? Want to know what resources are available to help you write a data management plan? Then this workshop is for you.
Friday, Oct. 27, 2-4:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey‚Äč
Want to build a banana piano or a temperature sensor alarm? Maybe you want a houseplant to Tweet when it needs watering or you're just interested in learning more about electronics and how they work?

This workshop will introduce the basics, pros, and cons of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey, three microcontrollers which allow interactions between computers and the physical world. Participants will get hands-on time to build simple example circuits, and all types of kits are available for check out from Parks Library for continued exploration after the workshop.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 3-4:30 p.m.

Showcase your Expertise: Curating your Digital Repository Profile
Watch for details.
Thursday, Nov. 9, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Watch for mailings, flyers, and e-Library news!
Contact Jody Kalvik with registration questions.