In practice, professional historians comb physical and virtual archives in search of both tertiary, secondary, and primary sources that will support the thesis of their work. Sifting through the vast and growing collection of information available, in our library and online can be overwhelming for today's student of history. As you develop your skills, practice with tools designed to bring the best of resources together for you in one place.
2. Pre-search! Develop background knowledge and questions will begin to emerge. Use these questions (your curiosity!) to drive your research!
Gale's Student Resources in Context is a comprehensive database that can provide you with a variety of source types--tertiary, secondary, and primary. Get started here!
Results are displayed by resource type. Three featured hits will be displayed under each type, but you can find more of that type by clicking on the type. Remember, start with tertiary sources and develop a deeper understanding by critically considering secondary sources and primary documents.
|Create a personal login. You'll be able to bookmark and save your sources and (coming soon!) highlight information for review directly on the web.|
|Keep an eye on the tools box at the right of the screen. Lots of options here!|
|More comfortable reading in your native language? Translate most text based content into 13 different languages, right within the article.|
|Use advanced search to zero in on your topic.|
Remember: Newspapers published contemporary or concurrent to events straddle the line between primary and secondary type information. While news reporters may not be direct participants in the events, they often gather there information from eye-witnesses. This method, and their own immersion in the place/time introduce elements of bias that are generally not present when information is produced by researchers long removed (by distance and time).
Use the Access Newspaper Archive to locate eye-witness information. You can browse by location or date, or search by keyword.
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