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HIST 495: Historiography and Research Writing

This course guide was created to accompany a library-led instruction session for HIST 495 covering research methods and library services available for students.

Get help by talking to a librarian!

Talk with your Subject Librarian! Subject librarians are experts in a specific field who can help you navigate the databases and resources available for your area. 

Get the most out of working with your librarian

Talk to them! When you send an email or schedule an appointment, let them know what you're working on. Here are some things it will be helpful for them to know:

  • What your topic is.
  • What class your project is for.
  • What your project is - literature review, annotated bibliography, research paper, etc.
  • Any requirements you might have - number or type of sources, etc.
  • What (if anything) you have already tried - this will ensure they don't suggest something you've already tried.
  • When your assignment or project is due.

To get started, you can find your major's subject librarian in the link below (the History librarian is linked in the right column):

Researching ISU history?

If you're doing research on a topic specific to Iowa State, consider reaching out to Special Collections & Archives in the University Library! Our staff have curated digital and physical collections of historical materials, and can help you get on the right track with your ISU-based research topic.

Life Hacks for Using the Library

Learn more about the services and support available in this handy guide!

Library Services

Iowa State University Library offers a variety of services to help you with your research. A few of these are outlined below.

Live Chat

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The Iowa State University Library offers a live chat feature Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. The chat is staffed by a revolving team of subject librarians who can answer questions about research in the library. You can access the chat via the "Live Chat" bookmark button on the bottom of the library website. 


Each semester, the University Library publishes a list of workshops available to students, faculty, and staff. The types of content covered vary, but each semester there is at least one workshop related to citation management, publishing, or research.  

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