Although some of the resources listed in this LibGuide are direct access points to single or collected primary documents, a fundamental concept of historical research is the discovery of primary sources through the use of secondary and even tertiary sources.
The bibliographies, reference lists, works cited, or Notes sections of any well constructed academic monograph or journal article should provide either direct citation of primary sources or secondary source pathways to primary sources. These constitute ready-made literature reviews for fellow scholars.
Never let a secondary or tertiary work leave your hands without examining the notes and the bibliography for useful material. Remember: these academic authors have already combed the literature to a greater or lesser extent. Capitalize on the work they have already done in your area of interest.
Be aware that most of these Subject Headings can be further narrowed with standard subject "subdivisions" such as "Personal narratives" or "Sources". Keep in mind that people and organizations can also be Subjects, for example:
The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010 REF Z253 .U69 2010 is kept in the Library's reference collection. Please ask for it at the Reference Desk if you should need information about proper citation that cannot be answered by the History Department's own "modified Chicago" style sheet.
Consider consulting OWL - the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University - for an online guide to Chicago style formatting.