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