F&M College Library

CNX 247: Cross-Examining the Witness

Databases of secondary sources

Discover Historical Scholarship: Books

On the Library web site, search DISCOVER: Advanced Search for scholarly books and e-books.

  • For the first Search Index, keep it at Keyword, and for the Search Term, type in your topic AND the word
    university--doing so will retrieve books published by a scholarly/university press:
    • Example 1:  hiroshima AND university
    • Example 2:  "stonewall riots" AND university
  • Search!
  • Next, select from the list of Filters on the left:
    • Library: Franklin & Marshall College
    • Format:  Book
  • Then, in the upper-right corner, select Sorted by: Best Match
  • When you find a book in which you are interested:
    • Click on the title of the book to open the full catalog record for it.
    • Click on the arrow to open the Description:
      • The Publication information appears on the top line.
      • If the word "university" appears, e.g. Columbia University Press, it is a scholarly book.
        • You will still need to confirm the author is a historian! 
        • Note: Not all historians publish with university presses all of the time--so even if the book
          was not published by a university press, it could still be possible to use the book if the
          author is a historian.
  • If you are not satisfied with your results, return to the Filters and select:
    • Library: Libraries Worldwide
    • Format: Print book
    • You can request the library borrow a copy of a book from another library via EZ-Borrow or Interlibrary Loan!


Assessing a source