Local History Research Guide


Use bibliographies from the background sources to identify books on your topic. Use the authors and titles of these books as well as key words and topic phrases you identified earlier to look up books on the BYU Library Catalog. Find published bibliographies on the catalog by doing an “Advanced Search.” Put keywords from your topic in the “Keyword” field. Then type the word “bibliography” in the “Subject” field. For current bibliographies check Bibliographic Index: A Cumulative Bibliography of Bibliographies (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1937-), Gen Ref: Z 1002 .B595. Published in April, August and December, this is organized by detailed subject categories. Index includes not only separate published bibliographies, but also bibliographies from books, pamphlets, and journals. The Library of Congress call number system places United States local history in the F call number range. Click here to find the exact number for the locality you are interested in finding.

Local History Research
Strategy Steps:

Guide Introduction
Choose a Topic
Find Background Information
Narrow Your Topic and Form a Research Question
Find Research Materials
Evaluate and Cite Sources
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Write the Paper