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HH262A | Historian's Craft (Panama and the Canal) / Prof. Crawford

HH262 Secondary Sources

Part I)

Click on the cover to search for this book in Nimitz Library.  

Look at the Subjects (LC Subject Headings).

  1. How many are there? 
  2. Which one are you most interested in? 
  3. How of the Subject Headings have more than 10 items associated with them?
  4. Also take a look at the Series link which identifies other books published by UW Press.  How might that be helpful to you as a researcher?


"Mining" Secondary Source Bibliographies:

Part II)

Look at the following extract of page 218 (Notes to pages 41-43) taken from the notes at the end of Missal's book Seaway to the Future (preview also available on Google Books):


Notice the kinds of sources he is citing within his notes. 

  1. Are these primary or secondary sources? Something else?
  2. How recent are the sources?  
  3. Is there enough information to find the original sources the author (Missal) is citing?
  4. What might make you question any of the cited sources?

Attempt to locate at least ONE primary source and ONE secondary source that is available at Nimitz Library that is also being used and cited by Missal on this page.

Are you able to identify any sources being cited here that Nimitz Library does NOT have any access to?


Tracking Down Book Reviews

Part III)

How might you go about finding scholarly book reviews for Alexander Missal's book "Seaway to the future : American social visions and the construction of the Panama Canal" published in 2008 by the University of Wisconsin Press?

Hint:  Try searching the book title in the American History and Life database of history journal articles.

  1. How many reviews are there listed?
  2. How many does it look like you get full-text access to?
  3. Are there any other scholarly reviews beyond those listed by "America: History and Life"?  Why might they be missing from the premier U.S. history database?