Library Research Guides – Study Guides

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Guides for Study & Library Research

Library Research Collection

About 3,600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Library Research”. Be patient as the page loads.

Writing Research Papers Collection

About 200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Writing Research Papers”. Be patient as the page loads.

Academic Dissertations and Theses Collection

About 130 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Academic Dissertations and Theses.

Study and Learning Skills Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Study and Learning Skills.

Study Aids Collection

About 700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Study Aids”. Be patient as the page loads.

Write it: a Guide for Research

Bankhead, Elizabeth et al.
Libraries Unlimited 1988        Dewey Dec.    011

Intended as a guide for high school students as they research and write papers.

100 Research Topic Guides for Students

Borne, Barbara W.
Greenwood 1996       

“Each topic guide will help the student locate print and non-print information about the topic, learn library procedures, narrow the scope of a research paper, and find related topics. A full index and appendix of aids to research will help students with note-taking, bibliographic citations, and electronic database searching.” -Book cover.

Selected Podcasts and videos about U.S. History in the 20th Century

Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing

Brundage, Anthony
Harlan Davidson 2002       

TOC: The Ever-Changing Shape and Texture of the Past – The Nature and Variety of Historical Sources – Finding Your Sources: The Library Catalog and Beyond – Exploring Changing Interpretations: The Historiographic Essay – Engaging with Primary Sources: The Research Paper – Conclusion: The Open-Ended Nature of History

Guide to the Study and Reading of American History

Channing, Edward; Hart, Albert Bushnell & Turner, Frederick Jackson
Ginn 1912        Dewey Dec.    016.973

Part and chapter headings are:

Part I – Status and Methods
1. Status of American History
2. Historical Methods

Part II – Classified Bibliography
3. Bibliographical Aids – 4. General Works – 5. Geography – 6. Special Works – 7. Sources – 8. Illustrative Works

Part III – Teaching and Reading History
9. Working Libraries – 10. Class Exercises – 11. Historical Reading – 12. Lectures – 13. Written Work

Part IV – Colonial History and the Revolution, 1492-1783
14. Discovery and Latin Colonization, 1492-1783 – 15. English Explorers and the Southern Colonies, 1497-1760 – 16. Middle Colonies, 1609-1760 – 17. New England, 1607-1760 – 18. Expulsion of the French, 1689-1763 – 19. The Revolution, 1760-1783

Part V – United States History, 1781-1865
20. Genesis of the Union, 1607-1775 – 21. Confederation and Constitution, 1781-1788 – 22. Organization of the Government, 1789-1801 – 23. Foreign Complications, 1801-1815 – 24. Reorganization, 1815-1829 – 25. Jackson’s Administration, 1829-1837 – 26. Slavery and Texas, 1830-1848 – 27. The Slavery Crisis, 1846-1860 – 28. The Civil War Period

Part VI – Recent United States History, 1865-1910
29. Reconstruction and Development, 1865-1872 – 30. Political Reaction, 1872-1880 – 31. New Industrial Foundations, 1880-1890 – 32. Economic Unrest, 1890-1898 – 33. The Transforming Nation, 1898-1910

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

Frick, Elizabeth
Pierian 1995       

Introduction to the Humanities: A Study Guide

Holmes, Ira
Harcourt Brace Custom 1997       

Principles of Writing Research Papers

Lester, James D. and James D. Jr.
Penguin Academics 2007       

“Designed as a guide for writing research papers both in first-year composition courses and in upper-level courses in all disciplines. Rooted in the fundamentals of thorough library research yet it encourages and equips students to utilize the Internet and field research. It endorses the written word while recognizing the value of graphics. audio, video, and slide presentations.” – Book cover

Books on Librarianship, Library Management

Research & Writing: A Complete Guide & Handbook

Mahmoud, Shah

“A comprehensive, meticulously detailed guide and handbook for both students and professionals, with equal emphasis on the techniques of research and writing. It is particularly instructive with respect to the use of library resources. The author focuses on the practical of research and writing. He begins with the selection of a topic, then guides the reader from the onset of research to the final written product. He explains how to employ a research process that is both systematic and productive. Library resources are discussed in detail, with many examples given, and the arrangement of information available a library is extensively covered.” -Book cover

A Guide to Library Research Methods

Mann, Thomas
Oxford University 1987       

“Provides an overview of the range of material – Discusses in detail both the advantages and disadvantages of using each type of source – Emphasizes seven different research methods that researchers can
apply to any inquiry, including: – Subject heading inquiries – Systematic browsing – Key word searches – Citation searches – Use of published bibliographies – Computer searches – Talking to knowledgeable people” – Book cover

The Oxford Guide to Library Research

Mann, Thomas
Oxford University 1998       

100 More Research Topic Guides for Students

McDougald, Dana
Greenwood 1999       

A Follow-up to “100 Research Topic Guides for Students” by Barbara Borne (also on this web page). “100 more report topics popular with high school students and teachers, in all basic subject areas such as art, language, science, math, history, political and social sciences, and biography.” – Book cover.

Handbook for College Research

Perrin, Robert
Houghton Mifflin 1997       

“No matter what your major is, this book can help you with your research projects. It covers the latest versions of four documentation styles, It walks you through every stage of the research and writing processes, It teaches you how to use a variety of electronic sources, It explains how to use computerized search systems and offers an overview of the newest library technology. It tells you how to go outside the library to do interviews, questionnaires, surveys, and to use non-print sources, It provides guidelines for collaboration.” -Book cover

Guides to Nonfiction, Bibliographies

Searching: A Research Guide for Writers

An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index

Tierney, Susan, Kelly, Pamela G., eds.
Writer’s Institute 2008        Dewey Dec.    011

“Contains practical research tips that highlight the most helpful sources for writers of fiction and nonfiction. TOC: Steps on the Research Road – Research Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – How to Locate and Use Primary Sources – Location, Location, Location – Interviews: An Expert Voice to Bring Nonfiction to Life – Electronic Research: What You Need to Find What You Want – Writer Websites – Build a Well-Rounded Bibliography – Quantity and Quality in Government Sources – Who’s Who of Picture Research.” – Book cover

Canadian History; A Syllabus and Guide to Reading

Trotter, Reginald George
Macmillan 1926        Dewey Dec.    16.971

The Study Outline Series

NY: H.W. Wilson        Dewey Dec.    011

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in their Study Outline Series for clubs or individuals desiring a course of study. Each outline furnished an adaptable study program, introduced significant writers on the subject, and provided a bibliography of books and magazine articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title, adding the words “study outline“; first at the Internet Archive (, then at Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Active Citizenship (1921)

American Art (1917)

Contemporary American Literature (1917)

Contemporary Drama (1915)

Contemporary English Literature (1916)

Country Life and Rural Problems (1918)

Early American Literature (1916)

Home Economics (1915)

Municipal Civics (1915)

The New Poetry (1922)

Present Day Industries in the United States (1916)

Questions of the Hour; Social, Economic, Industrial (1917)

The United States since the Civil War (1916)

Woman Suffrage (1916)

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