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History -- HST410 -- Introduction to Archival Research: Archival Research

Assignment Research Guide -- Seminar in History -- Introduction to Archival Research

Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to help you become comfortable performing research using Archives and Special Collection and to help you understand the basics of archival organization and specifics associated with this collection and other collections.

Background Research

Archival materials are mostly primary resources.  Primary resources should be used in a research project after consulting all available secondary source materials on a topic and will help you build upon prior research and develop your own interpretation of events. Even if nothing has been written directly on your topic, background research will help you to understand the context in which events occurred or the time and place in which event took place.

Using Archives