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Research Guide for U.S. History to 1877

Welcome to Your History 130 Study Guide

   Greetings! The purpose of this research guide is to provide you with tools to assist you in the following: 

          • Accessing research materials through the databases
          • Distinguishing between scholarly and popular resources
          • Finding books in the library 
          • Accessing eBooks (in the library and off-campus)
          • Citing your sources in MLA format
          • Using the library resources from off-campus locations


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In person:

See the reference librarian in person at the Library Reference Desk for immediate service.

Phone us at: 805-378-1472

We will answer right away unless we are helping another student. If we don’t pick up, leave a message and we’ll call you back as soon as we can. 

Email us

Email us your reference question being as clear and specific as possible concerning your needs. Although reference librarians don’t do your research for you, they can suggest where and how to find information. It is often helpful to know why you are doing research: is it for a class, what is the assignment and other helpful information. Be sure to indicate any deadlines you have.