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Library Reference - Quick Help: Topic Search

This guide will help you in topic formulation, how to write a thesis statement, and refer you to print and online resources for beginning your research and gathering quick facts and statistics.

Topic Formulation

Thesis Statement

Books in the Library for Topic Exploration

Web Resources for Topic Exploration

Databases for Beginning Research

Websites for Primary Research

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research. [Instruction & Research Sevices Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association]

These are a few Web examples for primary source materials.

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