1. Use reference sources (see below) to learn basic facts about your topic, including dates, places, names of individuals and organizations, titles of specific publications, etc.
2. Find and read secondary sources (see Books/Media tab for sample searches to use in UC Library Search and the Articles tab for examples of searches to use in the America: History and Life database).
Make sure you look through the bibliographies of secondary sources, which can lead you to other secondary sources and to primary sources.
3. Search for primary sources (see Primary Sources tab).
More about the writing of papers:
This classic book on writing a college research paper is easily skimmed or deep enough for the truly obsessed researcher, explains the whole research process from initial questioning, through making an argument, all the way to effectively writing your paper.
Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students
Professor Patrick Rael [a Berkeley PhD] has written a comprehensive but easy to skim web guide to writing history papers. Recommended by History Dept faculty.
There are two ways to connect to library resources from off-campus using the new library proxy:
More information is on the EZproxy guide.
The campus VPN provides an alternate method for off-campus access.