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HIST 2126: Modern European Cities

Library Search Strategies

Half of research is knowing how to find it! The following are subject headings related to your topic. You can use the suggested terms below for subject searches in sources like the catalog and Discovery. This is not an inclusive list, but rather some examples of the standardized language used by scholars!

Bruges (Belgium)--Commerce--History

Religion--Social Aspects--Rome

Cities and Towns--Europe--History

Food Habits--Italy--History

Berlin (Germany)--Politics and Government

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)--Social Life and Customs

Urban Geography

Civilization, Modern--History


Narrowing Searches to Date Published/Subject Time Period:

  • Filters for date published are typically toward the top left of a search results page
  • To search for something on a particular time period, add that as a subject search term (e.g. 19th century)

Google Search Strategies

You may have to be strategic about how you search for certain data. For example, searching for simply class structure of x city will probably not get you too far. You might want to get more specific (e.g. unemployment rate x-city 1950 or income demographics x-city 2017). Likewise, you might want to search for x city timeline or history of x city rather than major events in x city (which will probably give you a nice current city calendar, but not probably what you're looking for)! Remember to evaluate your sources for credibility!


Web Sources

Be cautious with Wikipedia sources! These mainly serve the purpose of introducing you to specific examples that you can then verify using the References section of the page or find more information about elsewhere on the web.

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