The R.P. Bell library provides a number of resources to assist historical research.
- The History Subject Guide provides general, introductory assistance to use of the library as well as access to a variety of maps, images, and other web resources.
- History–specific databases provide bibliographic assistance, access to newspaper collections, and resources to investigate specific historical subjects.
- Research and citation guides offer practical advice for conducting research and writing research essays. Of particular use and advantage are sections devoted to proper citation and to avoiding plagiarism.