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History: Get Started

This Guide provides essential tools for the study of History

Start your research here!

Advanced Search

Need help using Encore, the library search tool? Here's a step-by-step guide!

Library Hours

The library will be closed between semester. The library will reopen on Wednesday, June 9th!

Richard J. Daley College
Monday-Friday: 8 am - 3 pm

773 838 7667 (Circulation)
773 838 7926 (Reference)

Arturo Velasquez Institute
Closed during the pandemic

Virtual Services

 8 am - 10 pm, 7 days a week

Library Department Chair

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Valerie Neylon
Daley Library:
Room 2118
AVI Library:
Room 2220

Get Started

Primary sources:  First hand accounts, including photographs, journals, letters, government documents, interviews.


Chicago Colisium   Journal  Old LettersState documents    Interview

Chicago Coliseum. 1912.
Library of Congress.


To find primary sources, search for letters, diaries, autobiographies, government documents of the time period.  For example, search for "Martin Luther King Jr and letters" or "Martin Luther King Jr and government documents". You can also add "primary sources" to your search, for example, "woman suffrage and primary sources." 

History Careers & News

What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history?  Many, many things!

Careers for History Majors

Graduates   Graduates