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STS 490: Senior Seminar: Home

Finding Primary Sources

The Archives & Special Collections holds a wide variety of primary source material, many of these can be used to trace technological developments on campus.  A small portion of photographs and historical documents are available online.  You can also browse the archives.

During the semester, drop in on the Archives & Special Collections (Collins Library, 2nd floor):

Mondays and Wednesdays:   12:00pm-3:00pm

Other times are available by appointment! Please contact

So Many Ways to Get Help!

Ask a Librarian 24/7 service: Anytime, anywhere! This instant messaging reference service lets you chat with a librarian no matter what time it is. Puget Sound librarians can email you to follow up if you leave your email address.

STS Research @ Collins Library

Nicolaus Copernicus, via the Galileo Project

The research process is just that: a process. A good researcher isn't someone that puts the right words in the search box the first time, it's someone who uses each search to improve the next one. By being aware that you'll circle back and perform tasks more than once, use more than one tool, and look at more resources than you actually use, you'll be better equipped to plan how long your research takes and pick the best sources. Remember to use the citations of a good source to find more sources, as if you were building a chain.

Creating a RefWorks Account

Current University of Puget Sound students, faculty and staff may set up a RefWorks account.  You will have access to your account for so long as Collins Library maintains its subscription, including after graduation.  Your RefWorks account includes 10GB of document storage, unlimited sharing inside and outside the institution, easy institution-wide sharing, phone and email tech support, training and more.

To create a RefWorks account:

  1. Go to and click the “sign up” link.
  2. Fill in your information, making sure to use your University of Puget Sound email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.).  Using your institutional email address will help RefWorks know that you are entitled to an institutional account (with all the benefits mentioned above!).

Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your research!

Still using the legacy RefWorks program?  Go to "Migrating to New RefWorks" for more information.

Subject Guide

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Peggy Burge
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