Finding & Using Sources

Welcome to the Wide World of Research!

History Fair challenges students to "become historians" by actually doing history: research, analysis, forming a thesis, writing, producing, and communicating. The foundation is solid research into primary and secondary sources. Research depends on persistence, patience, a willingness to ask questions and explore possibilities. This guide introduces students to how to approach the research component of doing history.

Historians rely on plenty of primary sources and key secondary sources to which they will "unpack", or closely analyze, for the clues about the past. Spend time learning how to approach research. Use the worksheets for analyzing primary sources and secondary sources, sample guides from archives, and links to other sources give to deepen and widen research the journey.


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