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HIST 597: Modern Europe Seminar: The Invention of the Past and the Birth of Modern Europe

Research guide for HIST 597 (Fall 2023 - Winter 2024)

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Reference Sources

Find Primary Sources

Library Catalogue

Depending on your research question/topic, there may be print books, eBooks, eJournals, or other digitized materials that can serve as useful primary sources. Using the Library Catalogue, try:

  • Searching for author names: au:Elgin, Thomas Bruce
  • Search for exact titles of items using exact phrase searching: ti:"Memorandum on the subject of the Earl of Elgin's pursuits in Greece"
  • Keyword search and use the filter on the lefthand side to limit by date
    • Be cautious with this trick! This may exclude reprinted items that could be useful primary sources.
  • Use the eJournals A-Z list to search for older journals by title (tip: skip an initial "the")
  • Search using subject headings such as
    • Su: History, Ancient Historiography
    • Su: Archaeology Periodicals

Newspapers & Periodicals

Thematic Digital Collections

Find Secondary Sources

Find books

Find books by searching the Library Catalogue by keyword or by subject heading. Try subject heading searches such as:

  • su: Archaeology History 20th Century
    • Tip: replace 20th Century with whatever century you are interested in (17th Century, 18th Century, etc.); replace Archaeology with another discipline
  • su: National Museums Europe History
  • su: archaeology Germany history
  • su: civilization Greek influences
    • Tip: try adding the name of a country (e.g., Germany, France, India) to this search.

Tip: also try searching for books assigned in class and seeing what subject headings have been applied to those books.

Find peer-reviewed articles


History as a discipline uses the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) for citations, and usually the Notes-Bibliography form. This requires creating properly formatted footnotes footnotes and a Bibliography for your assignments. Resources to understand the Chicago style of citations are included below.


Library Support

McGill University Collections Centre

Books are on the move from McLennan Redpath in Winter 2024!


Check on the progress of the move of the McLennan-Redpath Libraries' circulating collection at the Collections Centre website.

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