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Historical Research Skills

Historical research focuses on the use of primary sources along with secondary analysis. The following videos will help you understand the concepts and historical methodology. To locate primary sources, see the Primary Documents section in this guide.

 

1. Primary and Secondary Sources in History Explained (8:42)

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2. How to Analyze Historical Sources (6:22)

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3. How to Research History (38:26 - Take his use of Google Scholar with a grain of salt; the library has more reliable databases)

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Historical Research Database Tutorials

Academic Search Complete Tutorial (America: History and Life searches in similar fashion)

JSTOR Search Tutorial

Sage Search Tutorial