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History

a guide for study and scholarship at Dalhousie.

Writing History Papers

Citation Help

BOOKS

Books, either electronic or hard copy, are the format of choice for starting a term paper --- journal articles are often much too specific.  You may not need to read the book cover to cover  but perhaps the first chapter, the last chapter, the Table of Contents, and relevant passages from the index.

Using Novanet to find books

Look in the Novanet catalogue to find books held in most post secondary institutions in Nova Scotia; remember to choose the type of search before keying in your terms. After finding a book of interest, click on the words

Dal Killam Library

to find the call number location.

If  the book is held at another Novanet library, you can request that it be sent to you within three days by clicking on the library name and choosing

Place a hold or request a loan

If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to type in your 14 digit barcode number, found on your Dal ID or Novanet card and the last 4 digits of your phone number currently on file with the Circulation department.

If your login is unsuccessful please check with the Killam Circulation department to update your record.

Novanet includes thousands of electronic books in history, many of which are unique and others are duplicates of paper copies and may have separate records in the list of results.  Finally, Novanet lists journal subscriptions, both print and electronic but does not provide article or subject access to them; use the key databases to look for historical articles.

Finding Books we DON'T have

Dalhousie is a member of the Novanet consortium. Therefore, Dalhousie users have borrowing privileges at all Novanet libraries and can simply go to the library to borrow, view most ebooks, and/or copy materials yourself. Note that EBOOKS cannot be shared with other libraries/institutions.

If you find a book or article in Novanet that would like to borrow or obtain a copy of, you can request delivery of it from within Novanet as follows:

Novanet Express

  • Search for the item. Click on the item title. In the full record display, click on "All locations".

  • Then to order the loan of an item, click on "Place a hold or request a loan".



    To get a photocopy of an article, click on "Request a photocopy.

  • If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to type in your 14 digit barcode number, found on your University ID or Novanet card and the last 4 digits of your phone number currently on file with the Circulation department.

  • If your login is unsuccessful please check with any Novanet Circulation department.

If you have identified a book or article that is not available in Novanet, request it via the

button if visible.  Alternatively you can access the  Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan service and enter your request --- we will get it from anywhere in the world for you at no charge.

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ARTICLES