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Peace Studies

Timelines: getting started

Some basics from dohistory.org. Do this first!

Oxford Reference is a great place to start. Click Reference Type for the menu that includes timelines -- from there you can begin to assemble the events for which you will need to do more in-depth research.  One of the titles in Oxford Reference is The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, a source that will give you background on many topics you will encounter, such as world-systems theory. 

Preceden is just one example of timeline software.   Let me know your favorites and I'll link them here. Prezi is also a good possibility.

 

Library basics

Here are some library research basics that you should know by the end of this course.  Please let me know if you would like a refresher on any of them.

  • Comfort navigating the library web page
  • Experience with more than one research data base. Basics of keyword searching, Boolean (combining terms) operators, and truncation
  • Understand the difference between an article, a journal and a database
  • How to find a book in the library catalog and on the shelf
  • Understand the advantages of using library databases over the open web
  • Understand the need to cite sources and how to find advice in doing so
  • Understand the basics of determining the validity of an article/website
  • How to read a citation – like recognizing when you are looking for a book rather than an article
  • The differences among primary, secondary, and tertiary sources

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