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HIS 130 - Introduction to History

Welcome to the HIS 130 Course Guide

Course Guide for HIS 130


On this course guide, you will identify resources to search, learn about primary & secondary sources and where to find them, and discover efficient ways to get the best results. 


 Primary Sources                  Secondary Sources  

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Locating Physical Resources

Locating books and other print resources

Locating Books in Zondervan

Call numbers will indicate where an item is in the Library based on its collection. 

Main Collection

  • Items in the Main Collection are materials that you can check out.  This Collection is also located on the Upper level of the Library.

Other Collections

  • You may note that DVDs and Periodicals have distinct call numbers. These locations are both on the Main level of the Library as you walk toward the AEC in the northwest corner.

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Discover Presidential Papers, Biographies, Autobiographies, Letters, and more...


Librarian Help


How can a Librarian help me?


  • one-on-one research consultation
  • formulation of research questions              
  • search strategies
  • identifying appropriate databases
  • advanced information seeking (beyond Zondervan)
  • help with citations (Zotero); interlibrary loan (ILLiad)
  • other ideas regarding literature reviews and research 

About Library Databases

About library databases

Understanding Databases

Databases to which Taylor University subscribes have distinctive differences from search engines such as Google or Google Scholar. A database, generally, is a collection of information organized to provide efficient retrieval of subject matter, specifically scholarly subject matter. They tend to be narrower in scope than Google or Google Scholar. 

Features of these subscription databases generally include:

  • Covering specific discipline area/s.
  • Including academic (peer-reviewed) articles from journals or magazines, eBooks, newspapers, images and research related resources.
  • Providing citation information on or full-text access to the item types listed above.
  • Accessible because of subscription for which Zondervan pays. Whereas Google is free, databases can be many thousands of dollars per year.


Zondervan Library subscribes to over 100 research databases/tools that contain journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as reports and other written materials on both general and specific disciplines. There are pros and cons for using each tool. Awareness of the content, organization, and precision of search capabilities of each can save you time and yield the most appropriate and relevant results.

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