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Approaching Research: Initial Questions, Finding Sources, Developing an Argument ( printable version here ) Initial Questions When preparing to perform research on a particular topic, the initial questions outlined in principle two of the seven principle These questions, and others associated with the seven principles, should be carefully considered as you are researching y Considering Sources Any historian would agree that the key to a well-balanced research paper is the utility of and effective synthesis of both prim The general uses of primary and secondary resources are captured well by the words of Dr. Yellin: "[student researchers Primary sources are physical objects or documents that were created or written during the time period in which you are res Diaries Letters Government Documents Contemporary Journal Articles, Newspapers, and Magazine Articles Artifacts Photographs Speeches Works of art: music or visual art Secondary sources come in the form of scholarship that interprets or analyzes primary sources. Examples include, but are
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Unformatted text preview: Academic books Essays Scholarly articles Dissertations and conference papers What is the best way of searching for and acquiring such research materials? Although a much wider list of potential resour 1. Boatwright Library Catalog and the Interlibrary Loan System 2. JSTOR.org 3. ArticleFirst 4. Historical Abstracts 5. Lexis-Nexis Academic If you are having trouble finding sources, contact a librarian at Boatwright or make a research appointment . Developing your Argument: Organization and Thesis Once a variety of sources have been considered and you have taken the time to organize your thoughts via notetaking, the As Brundage attests, the outline will allow you to focus your argument and develop a powerful thesis. The thesis should con Writer's Web | Writing Center | Make an Appointment | Library | History Department...
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