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HIST 2110 Thompson Primary Sources Assignment: Background Research

Background Research Intro

Once you decide which topic you want to use, it can help to remind yourself about:

  • Timeline of the event
  • Social norms of the era
  • Place 
  • Context
  • Who was involved or effected

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Pro Tip

  • You may not use your background source in your paper, but the information you gather is meant to inform the rest of your research.
  • Start keeping a list of search terms, important information, and possible topics, such as:
    • What dates did your event occur?
    • What locations or areas were effected?
    • Who was impacted by the event?
  • This information can help you find your primary sources.