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The completion of your senior thesis in History is probably one of the most challenging assignments you will undertake at UCCS. Identifying and locating relevant research materials for this project can be challenging.
This guide will point you to tools and sources that will help you identify and locate primary and secondary sources for your research topic. It will also arm you with with a few research tips and techniques that you may not already know about to help aid in your searching.
As you conduct research for this course, consider visiting other academic libraries in the state. There are many databases, digital collections, and archival materials at other academic libraries in the state that can be accessed only by going to their physical space. Search the websites of these libraries before you travel to determine what sources are relevant. Links to regional libraries are available from the Kraemer Family Library web site.
Finally, as a student at UCCS, you have reciprocal borrowing privileges at most academic libraries in the state. If you visit one of these libraries and find circulating materials that you would like to check out directly, you may do so.
Before We Get Started
You'll be using a lot of Kraemer Family Library resources while researching your assignments. There are a few steps you need to take to ensure that your library use goes smoothly.
Illiad Interlibrary Loan
If you cannot locate the materials you need through Kraemer Library or Prospector, you may request them through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service. This service can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The service is free in most cases for all UCCS students, staff, and faculty! See Interlibrary Loan Policies for more details.
NOTE: Journal articles are almost always sent electronically. Books, dissertations, microfilm, and other print materials willbe shipped through snail mail and can take two to three weeks to arrive. Do your research early!
To create an account in ILLiad, just click on the ILLiad link and select the box that says First Time Users (see screen shot below). Read the registration information and then select the link at the bottom of the screen for first time users. Fill in the form that appears.