There are many entry points in joining a conversation about history. You might find a book, article, film, a primary source, something from a text book - all of these sources can provide a point of entry into a topic. But first, you need to find your topic!
If you already have a vague idea about your topic, for example, Slovenia and Communism, you'll want to do some preliminary search for background information. Ask yourself "so what?" about your topic. So what about Slovenia and Communism?
Background Information - Searching
Encyclopedias are often your best friend for getting background information on a topic.
Resources for your paper
Once you have some background on your topic, then start to gather resources for your paper or presentation. In searching for secondary sources, use the COD Library to find articles and books on your specific topic.
Suggested resources include: