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History Hub

Resources for Research + Scholarship in History

You've reached the hub for Library research guides related to History.

Explore this page to learn more about building critical research skills, locating primary + secondary sources, and accessing Brown University Library resources related to history. 

Start Here!

Research is a cyclical or "iterative" process. 

Follow the suggestions below for some ways to get your research started. 

1. Search BruKnow to identify key terms:

SEARCHBruKnow is the Library's main search tool. 

  • Start your BruKnow search with something you already know: a name, a place, an idea
  • Use BruKnow Tutorials for more guidance 

DISCOVER: Locate a primary or secondary source that relates to your topic.

  • Explore footnotes and bibliography for hints about additional sources.

CONNECT: Reach out to a Librarian directly for additional research support 

2. Discover research guides + sources organized by:



Time Period

3. Design a research pathway:

Reference Works

Research Methods

4. Build Research Skills: Tutorials


Library Orientation


Research Skills


Primary Sources