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History (Primary Sources)

Choosing a Topic

Things to remember when choosing your topic:

  • Primary source material is being digitized and made available online; however, most of these resources from the past are still only available in print in Archives.
  • Primary documents on non-American topics may be more difficult to find and may not have been translated into English.
  • You may want to do a topic involving the common people, but you will probably be able to find more documents written by the “famous” of your time period.
  • It is very difficult to do an entire paper using only primary sources, since those sources tend to be very narrow and specific in scope.
  • Using primary sources is more time-consuming.
  • You may find that primary sources on your first choice of topic are not available locally.

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