This guide will familiarise you with resources particularly useful to research material for your History assignments.
Historical research involves using primary and secondary sources.
In essence, primary sources are the original document, object or data that you are investigating. Secondary sources are the interpretation, analysis or commentary about a primary source.
Watch this 3 minute video to learn more about primary and secondary sources and how your research question shapes these definitions.
This chart shows some examples of the distinction between primary and secondary sources:
|Primary Source||Secondary Source|
|History||Bayeux Tapestry||Book titled: The Battle of Hastings : sources and interpretations|
|Anthropology||Field notes||Article in Journal of African cultural studies|
|Literature||Jane Austen novel||Book title: Jane Austen's Literary Manuscripts: A Study of the Novelist's development through the surviving papers|
|Politics||Political cartoon||Book titled: Philippine cartoons : political caricature of the American era, 1900-1941|
Types of historical primary resources you might explore include:
See this list of where you can find primary sources and often also secondary sources related to them.