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LIB 180 - Historical Research: Home


Welcome to the library guide for LIB 180. This guide is designed to highlight a few resources to begin your research process. The UNC Libraries offers numerous resources including monographs, journals and electronic databases. We have also included links to a number of digital primary source collections from around the region and the world.


Chicago Manual of Style is the standard tool for historians.  The following links should help you with citing almost anything you encounter in your research. If you need additional help, please contact me.

Chicago Manual of Style Online 


Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Owl is an excellent resource for citations using Chicago Manual of Style.  

Searching the Catalog

Encore is the place to start to identify books, microforms, journals and other resources held in the Libraries' collections.  

The collections in the Michener Library include numerous edited collections of primary sources.  

Specific subject headings are used in library catalogs to describe primary source documents that have been collected and published. Here are some examples:

  • "--Sources"
  • "--Personal Narratives"
  • "--Diaries"
  • "--Description and Travel"
  • "--Documents"
  • "--Facsimiles"
  • "--Periodicals"
  • "--Interviews"
  • "--Correspondence"
  • "--Pamphlets" 


Librarian Help

Call or e-mail us for help!

Jay Trask
Head of Archives and Special Collections 

Darren Ilett 
Teaching and Outreach Librarian