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History eBook Collection:

Over 200 titles!


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Research in Context

Topic Restrictions

Good Topics:

1) can be supported with substantial information, including primary sources

2) discusses origins, purpose, value, and limitations of sources

3) does not cover events of the last twenty years


Good topics are researchable, debatable, have a manageable scope/size and are interesting to you! Think about people, places, events and ideas that you want to learn more about.


Examples of debatable questions with history topics:

Google News Archive

Search old newspapers (think about date, location, and event)

Museums and Archives

Where is your ideal location for primary source information (a city, state, or country? library, museum or archive? university?)

Primary and Secondary sources

Primary Sources (social sciences and humanities):

Primary sources of information provide first-hand accounts of the event you are researching. Generally, they are works created by the witnesses or "first recorders" of the event at or near the time it occurred. They are important sources of information to historians.  

Examples of primary sources may include:

  • contemporary accounts in newspapers, magazines and other publications from the period in question; 
  • letters, diaries, autobiographies or memoirs, photographs; 
  • government documents, reports, financial records, memos
  • creative works or other materials. 

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are created by people who were not a witness to the event. They describe, analyze, interpret, or review the event (or the primary source). Secondary sources are likely written years after the event of interest and include additional perspectives and historical context. Recent works are valued because they include criticism and updates to scholarly knowledge on the event or topic of interest.  

Example of secondary sources may include: 

  • scholarly books or articles
  • encyclopedias

Off Campus Access

For home access: passwords are found on the Hakiu OHS Library page (under the 'Extras' tab) or ask at the circulation desk

Oakland University

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Search for academic publications: Follow citations (look up authors or the works they cited!)

Google Books Search

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Historical news

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