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HST 398 FALL 2017: Cultural History of Food: Home

A guide to researching the seminar paper for HST 398.

HST 398 Research Checklist: Fall 2017

One of the goals of a capstone paper is to get you to research widely on your topic and to write a strong historiography that accounts for changes in approach to your topic over time and competing schools of thought. The following checklist should help you make sure that you are not missing key books and articles or only selecting secondary sources that repeat the same information.  


  • At least one journal article that is highly cited in Web of Science, or mentioned as a key article in a book, article, or review published in the last five years
  • At least two journal articles or books published within the last five years that discuss historiography

Summon: Search the library for books, articles, newspapers, and more.

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What is Summon?

Summon searches all library materials appropriate to college-level research simultaneously and ranks the results by relevance to your search terms. We call this type of research a "discovery search." Rather than repeating your search in several library databases for articles and the library catalog for books, you can do one search in Summon and receive results for all the articles, books, newspapers, reference sources, and more that we have on your topic. Whenever available, full text links appear on the search results page. Have questions about how to use Summon? A librarian will be happy to answer.

Citation Management

Citation management software allows you to track citations for articles as you identify them. EndNote is supported by the library staff, and we can assist you with technical problems. Other popular citation managers include Zotero, Citavi, and Refworks. 

Find Journal Articles

Find Book Reviews

Use Summon to locate book reviews. Remember that reviews from history journals will be more useful than reviews from library journals like Choice, American Libraries, ect. Think about who the audience of the review is - if the review doesn't seem to be talking to scholars, don't use it. 

When Wilkes Doesn't Have Full Text:

Frustrated that Wilkes doesn't have full text? Use InterLibrary Loan to get books and articles from other institutions. Remember that you need to work ahead. 

You can also visit the following schools with your Wilkes ID card and check out books:

  • King's College
  • University of Scranton
  • Marywood University
  • Misericordia Keystone College
  • Luzerne County Community College

Worldcat will tell you which of these libraries may have a book that you need. 

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