The method you choose
to do research is ultimately your own. This guide is designed as a source
to help you navigate the vast amount of information available both in
print and electronically. There are several points to remember when formulating
a research strategy:
- Don't rely solely
on the web for answers to your research needs.
- Think of history
as the stories of people and the society in which they lived.
- Visit your public
library and use the reference collection to learn about the general
facts of your research topic.
- Use both printed
and electronic reference sources to locate information.
- Evaluate the source
of information you use including the reference books, secondary sources
and primary sources you encounter.
- Write down what
sources you get your information from; you may need to go back to them
throughout the research process.
- Learn the research
process - Use reference sources to locate the names of secondary sources,
use the footnotes in the secondary sources to locate primary sources.
- Recognize that
a document that has been published is still considered a primary source
as long as the intellectual content remains the same.
- Do preliminary
research before contacting a manuscript library or archives. Be prepared
with citations and footnotes from secondary sources.
- Have fun with history
and continually find creative ways to explore the past!