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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 Korea, for example, might want to compare how the peninsula was seen by historians in the 19th Century, during the Cold War, or in the last twenty years. 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 "revolution" in our Library Search or an scholarly database such as Historical Abstracts or The Bibliography of Asian Studies.
The Asian Library at the Claremont Colleges Library contains a wealth of primary sources in East Asian languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean rare books, archival collections, maps, and image collections.