Database searches yield the best results for articles. They allow you to search just for articles, and even to limit your results to scholarly sources. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub.
The databases listed here are particularly useful for this course.
Go to the library at www.southwestern.edu/library-and-it/ to search the catalog [WorldCat@SU] and databases. Bookmark the site for future use. Also find the library in the Academic Life section of the SU app.
Create a list of words or concepts related to your topic and use them to search the catalog. Search results will include books, media, articles and more. To find just books, use the Search Tools to limit Format to Books. The Description in a book's record includes contents and subject headings. Click on a Subjects link to find other books on the topic. You can also Browse the Shelf for related titles.
Try a couple of these subjects in WorldCat@SU to get started:
piracy history | hijacking of ships | women pirates | privateering | product counterfeiting
Slaves of the Buccaneers: Mayas in Captivity in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century
The Pirates' Curse: Economic Impacts of the Maritime Piracy
Crooked Histories: Re-presenting Race, Slavery, and Alexander Hamilton Onstage
Motivations for Gratifications of Digital Music Piracy Among College Students
Primary sources are generally created by a participant in, or direct observer of, an event. In the field of history, formats can include books or articles published during a time under study, recorded or transcribed interviews, government documents, films, letters, diaries, photographs or works of art. They may be used in their original format or reproduced in print or electronically.
The case of the 'Creole' considered: in a second letter to the Right Hon. Lord Ashburton
Always cite your sources! Providing a citation credits sources you use, helps other readers locate a source, and is an important element of academic honesty.
Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian style. The Manual has more detailed information and can be found in the Research Commons and on Reserve.