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HIST 301: Historian's Craft (Petty, Spring 2024)

Steps when looking for peer reviewed sources

1) Write out your topic

2) Identify key words

3) Identify synonyms

4) write out the search using Boolean

5) After your first search, revise terms

Examples

  • The role of Colonial WIlliamsburg workers and the many jobs they do to support themselves (and the living museum)
    • Colonial WIlliamsburg
    • workers
    • living museum
  • : The effects of the salt trade in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, when determining wealth entering the colonial period
  • Why the triangle shirtwaist fires occurred, how did the outcome create/develop laws and protection for labor safety, and the lasting impacts of the catastrophe that we still see today
    • triangle shirtwaist fire
    • laws
    • protections
    • Impacts
      • ("triangle shirtwaist fire" OR "Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire")
  • The cultural, political, and economic changes that led to a female-dominated teaching industry in America.
    • Education
    • female
    • united states
  • : What was the relationship between Country Music, Blues music, and the Southern working class in the early 20th century
    • "country music" 
    • Blues
    • southern
    • working class
      • ("country music" OR blues) AND music AND (south*) AND "Working class"
  • P.T. Barnum’s effect on the performance industry
    • Barnum
    • performance industry
      • Barnum AND ("entertainment industry" OR "performance industry")
      • Barnum, P. T (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891
  • Comparing and contrasting organized labor in Baltimore: rail yard workers vs longshoremen 
  • history of women’s labour in the Episcopal Church in the South from 1900 to the present daY
    • women
    • Episcopal church
    • south
    • labor
  • the corporate scam that was the Fyre Festival and the laborers residing on Great Exuma as well as the surrounding islands
  • : The moonshine industry most predominantly around the prohibition era
    • moonshine
    • bootlegging
    • prohibition era
      • (bootlegging OR moonshine) AND prohibition
  • decline of small-time dairy farming operations in favor of corporations and how it has affected rural areas.
    • small dairy farms
    • corporate farms
    • rural impact
      • ("small farms" OR "Family farms") AND (corporate OR corporations)
  • the lives of workers in logging camps in the American midwest and west during the 19th and early 20th century.
    • "logging camps"
    • midwest 
    • west
      • ("logging camps" OR "logging encampments") AND (midwest OR "american west') 
  • pit orchestra musicians, because especially in this day and age, musicals are forgoing having a live orchestra and instead using a recording for shows to cut costs.
  • public works projects that took place in Virginia during the Great Depression era as a result of the New Deal. 
    • public works projects
    • virginia
    • great depression
    • new deal
      • "public works" AND virginia AND ("new deal" OR "Great depression")
      • Virginia AND "public works administration"
  •  folk music of American laborers of the 19th and 20th centuries (coal industry, railroad, maritime, etc.) and analyze how songs were used to process and assign blame for major industrial accidents
    • folk music
    • laborers
    • accidents
      • ("folk music" OR "folk songs") AND (labor* OR miner* OR coal OR factory OR workers)
  • : the labor disputes between the National Basketball Association and Players Union over various contingency points in 1988 and in 2011
    • labor disputes
    • National basketball association
    • players union
    • 1988 2011
      • (dispute*) AND "National basketball association" AND union
      • "National basketball association" in AHL
      • Histories of the NBA in worldcat (use Good worldcat to narrow to university press books)
  • The wobblies and the syndicalist movement in America, centered around the early 1910s
  • : labor on the West Coast, likely specifically the railroads and how that labor relates to immigration in the 19th/20th century.
    • labor
    • west coast (will need to focus on a state or city)
    • railways or railroads
    • immigration
      • labor AND ("West coast" OR oregon OR california) AND (railway* OR railroad*) AND (immigration OR immigrant*)
  •  

Examples

  • Why did the Playstation and Playstation 2 sell well?
  • impact of the Industrial Revolution on women's labor (type, expectations, dangers, etc.) in the United States
    • "industrial revolution"
    • women
    • labor
    • "united states"
      • "Industrial revolution" AND women AND (work OR labor OR employment OR jobs) in AHL and Catalog
  • “ghost towns” in America to investigate the cause and effects of shifting centers of labor and industry on the populations of these now small, and often neglected, towns.
    • ghost towns
    • labor
    • population decline
      • "ghost towns" in ahl 
      • "ghost towns" AND (labor* OR industry) in ahl
      • "ghost towns" AND "united states" in catalog and worldcat (Scroll for univ press books)
      • depopulation AND (labor OR industry) and "united states" in catalog
  • child labor in late 19th century specifically, the exploitation of children in factories during the Industrial Revolution and how this exploitation led to various child labor laws to protect children and give them the more rights
    • child labor
    • factories
    • labor laws
      • "child labor" AND (factor* OR industr*) AND ("labor laws" OR "legal protections")
      • "child labor" AND (factor* OR industr*) AND ("labor laws" OR "legal protections") AND "united states" in catalog
      • "child labor" AND ("labor laws" OR "legal protections") AND "united states" AND history in catalog
      • Child labor -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History in catalog
      • "Child labor" AND "United States" AND "History" AND "19th" in worldcat
  • Delano Grape Strike in 1965 and how the manongs, Filipino male agricultural workers, brought this change about. 
    • Delano Grape Strike
    • manongs or Filipino
    • agricultural workers,
      • ("Delano Grape Strike" OR "Delano Strike") in AHL and catalog
      • ("Delano Grape Strike" OR "Delano Strike") AND (manong* OR Filipino*) in ebsco and catalog and worldcat