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Types of History Research: Primary VS. Secondary
Your professor may require you to find scholarly sources popular sources, secondary sources or primary sources on your topic. Here's a very basic guide if you need more details:
Primary Sources: Primary sources are the raw stuff of history. Examples of primary sources:
diaries and journals
newspaper or magazine articles,
novels, plays, or poetry
reports, autobiographies, memoirs, or books written during the time of an event
Some Primary Sources are also known as popular sources.
Secondary or Scholarly Sources:
These are the peer reviewed articles and scholarly books that historians write after they have worked with the primary sources -- and consulted other secondary articles or books.
Historiography: Historiography is the study of how historians have interpreted historical events throughout time. The student of the historiography of the English Civil war , for example, might want to compare how historians wrote about that event in the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries. . One way of doing this comparative interpretation, is by looking for bibliographies on a subject or using the keyword "historiography" combined with keywords from the subject of your research (such as "English civil war"" in our Library Search or a scholarly database such as Historical Abstracts.)