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Europe: 16th and 17th Centuries

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Library Guide


Europe in the 16th and 17th Centuries

This guide will introduce you to some of the different types of resources that can be used to conduct research about life in 16th and 17th Century Europe (i.e. 1500-1600s).


Tips for Better Searching

  • Use synonyms and related words for the time period, such as 16th Century, 1500s, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Tudor, Reformation, etc.
  • Use a time period word/phrase followed by key concepts for your topic (e.g. religion, inventions, medicine, art movements, recreation or cuisine)
  • Combine your search terms for more precision: for example, search for "16th Century inventions", "Elizabethan art", or "1500s medicine"
  • Having trouble? Don't give up on your topic -- ask a librarian who will show you ways to find more results


Find Books


Marymount Library Catalog

Search for books in the Marymount collection (over 22,000 titles)


Watch a how-to video on using the Marymount catalog to find books.





Search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. If the Marymount Library does not have the book, contact us and we'll get it for you (at no cost).


Watch a how-to video on using WorldCat to find materials.








Find Magazines & Journal Articles


Through the Library

The Library pays for access to specialized databases where you can find magazine and journal articles online. These materials cannot usually be found using Google (unless you'd like to pay $30+ per article!).


Some articles are available full-text. Other times you might only find a summary of the article with information about where and when it was published. In this case, we may have access through another database or a print copy of the article. If not, we can usually get a copy from another library.


These databases are available from the Library’s home page under Research - Find Articles:


Academic Search Premier

Full-text articles from nearly 4,700 journals and magazines in all subject areas.



ProQuest Direct

Full-text articles from over 5,000 magazines and journals.




Through Google Scholar


Google Scholar also provides access to many scholarly materials. However, you will not usually get access to the full article, but rather simply the abstract. If you find an article in Google Scholar, but don't get access to the full article, speak with the librarians who will request a copy of it from another library.


Google Scholar

Full-text articles from nearly 4,700 journals and magazines in all subject areas.

Google Scholar shows you materials that you wouldn't see in a normal Google search.







When you are doing research using Google or another search engine, you really need to critical evaluate the web sites for credibility, quality, and currency. 

Tip!  Information from sites that end in .gov and .edu tend to be more credible sources. But you still must apply the criteria of credibility, quality, and currency.



Citing Sources


Marymount Library Citation Guides: Available for MLA and APA citation styles

For help citing sources, contact the library or visit a librarian in-person.


Basic Steps Once You Have Found a Source:


1.       Go to Marymount Library’s MLA guides: http://www.marymountpv.edu/academics/library/research/citing-sources

2.       Identify the information type – the type determines which MLA rules apply.

·         Example types: book, encyclopedia, magazine, newspaper article, journal article, web site, book review, pamphlet, telephone interview, brochure, press release, government publication

3.       Next, determine if it’s online or print – the format also determine which MLA rule to apply

4.       Use the type and the format to identify the relevant MLA rule

5.       Don’t add extra information, but do follow the rules exactly (including punctuation & capitalization)



Practice Exercises:


1.       (1) Go to the Marymount Library Catalog: http://www.marymountpv.edu/academics/library/research/find-books-more


Search for this title “The Age of American Unreason”;  then create a citation for this source

Search for this title “Celebrity Culture in the United States”;  then create a citation for this source



2.       (2) Create a citation for “Anti-Intellectualism in US Schools



3.       (3) Create a citation for “Obama and the War on Brains



(4) Create a citation for “Critical Thinking Skills: The Cure for Anti-Intellectualism




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