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ENGL 218/418: Historical look at communication - Edenborg: ENGL 218/418: Historical look at communication - Edenborg

UW-Stout Digital Collections

UW-Stout Digital Collections

  • Stoutonia
    Complete issues of the Stoutonia student newspaper, 1915-present
  • Tower Yearbook
    Digital issues of the Stout yearbook, 1909-1989 
  • Athletics Collections
    Sports programs, pamphlets, and statistics from athletics teams at UW-Stout and its predecessors
  • Campus News
    News releases and daily campus news publications for students, faculty, and staff
  • Student Publications
    Publications created and produced by Stout students
  • Bulletins
    ​Graduate and undergraduate bulletins, 1903-Current
  • Oral Histories
    Oral histories and other audio recordings featuring individuals from campus and the surrounding region
  • Campus Photographs
    Photographs of Stout classrooms and student organizations, 1890s-1990s
  • Campus Directories
    Directories of faculty, staff, and students beginning in 1916
  • Stout Commencement Programs
    Stout Commencement Programs, 1903-current

Online Primary Resources (Specific Newspapers & Magazines)

Historical News Sources

Secondary Sources: Articles, Books, etc.

Suggested Stout Library Primary Sources

Conducting Historical Research

When conducting historical research you will want to use a variety of primary and secondary sources. 

Secondary sources

  • Written about the time period you are studying
  • Include books, journal articles, reviews, websites
  • Look for words such as "history," "analysis,"  "context"
  • Narrow your results to scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources to find high-quality research-based articles

Primary Sources:

  • Written or created during the time you are studying
  • Include articles, newspaper articles, pictures, data, letters, etc.
  • When searching, do not use words such as "history" or "article."  Instead, use a general key term, such as "education," and narrow down the dates to find what was being written about that topic during your time period
  • Try to use language from your time-period.  Example: "vocational education"
  • Do not narrow your results to scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources

For all works:

  • Consider the slant or biases of the original author or historian writing about it