HIST 150: United States History to 1865 (Campbell)



In order to complete the requirements for this research project, your group of 2 or 3 students will need to submit a paper at least four pages long. You will need to use primary sources in researching your topic. You will need to use six different primary sources of two different kinds (e.g. four newspaper articles and two autobiographies). If you have a book that is a collected volumes of primary sources (like a volume of letters), you can only use two sources from that collected volume. Additionally, you must have one secondary source. These sources should be listed in your bibliography (use the Chicago style (or a similar one) when formatting your bibliography).



The tools you use to identify a primary source are essentially the same as those that you would use to identify ANY book or article relevant to your topic. Autobiographies, memoirs and collections of letters are generally published in book form. An article written during the time you are researching (thus qualifying as a primary source) was likely published in a magazine. Just as a bibliography at the end of a scholarly book lists the secondary sources that scholar used to support his or her thesis, that bibliography will also note all primary sources used. Additionally, many specialized reference sources list primary materials. On the other pages of this guide, you will find links to a variety of resources that you will use to identify primary sources.


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