Research is a process that takes TIME. Start early and do a little bit each day. You will NOT have a thesis statement after one day in the library. You need to learn a little bit about your topic before you can develop an argument!
Below is a list of reference sources available in the Garver Room and online to help you get started on your research.
Remember, reference sources will give you a broad overview of your topic.They won't provide all the information, but they will help you create a research roadmap of what you should do next in the research process.
Remember, some names or terms may have alternate spellings. For example, Genghis Khan may be called the "Chinggis Khan." Once you find an alternate spelling, be sure to write it down in your notes and make sure to check the index of any book for both spellings. You never know how an author is going to refer to something!
After taking notes from one of the reference sources linked or listed on this page, try filling out the "Topic Development Worksheet" listed below.
Right: "Portrait of Kublai Khan by Anige." National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan/Wikimedia Commons.
Here's a list of selected specialized reference books (available in the Garver Room) you may want to consider: