The YIS library has added a new research resource, one which I&S and History students will find particularly useful: the Churchill Archive. As described on the Churchill Archive’s about page,
Published in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history. It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.
While on the school network, students can freely access the Churchill Archive without logging in. If you want to use this resource at home, visit the library research portal for the username and password.
Interested? Take ten minutes to watch the tour so you can get the most out of this excellent digital library.
Notice you can register for a MyArchive account, a personalised account within the Archive which will allow you to save your searches and favourite documents. To create an account, you should be logged in to the Churchill Archive, then visit the Sign-in page where you will see a link at the bottom of the page to register for a My Archive account.
Today we will be working on exploratory research for your historical investigation on the Edo period of Japan. Effective researchers use a variety of academic sources in their research. To start, you can use Wikipedia for academic research, but maybe not in the way that you think. Watch this video to see how Wikipedia can be your trampoline into databases and digital libraries.
Now that you’ve developed a list of search terms, keywords, people and dates, it’s time to dive into the real academic resources. Do you know NOTHING about your topic beyond the quickie Wiki overview? Get background information on your topic by searching Encyclopaedia Britannica. (The first two minutes are most relevant to you. After that it gets kind of promotion-y.) You can access Encyclopaedia Britannica by going to our new YIS Library Research Portal. Get the password from your librarian.
Once you’ve got a basic understanding of your topic, it’s time to research using more sophisticated academic tools. Watch the tutorials and complete the “scavenger hunt” for these resources.
Ebscohost databases: after watching the basic tutorial, you may want to limit your searching to the History Reference Center database. Use this scavenger hunt to guide tour exploration.