"Doing historical research is rather like doing a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces are not all present in one box but are scattered over the house in several boxes and where, once it is put together, a significant number of the pieces are still missing." (Richard Evans, In Defense of History, p. 77)

  1. Evaluating sources: Not all sources are equally reliable. How to judge.

  2. Primary vs. Secondary sources: When to use each kind.

  3. Sampling Periodicals: A guide to using periodicals as your main source of primary documents.

  4. Topic selection: Choosing a good topic is the key to a successful research paper.

  5. Taking Notes: The first draft.

  6. Citation: Cites sources properly, using Chicago/Turabian style.

  7. Standards for the history 333 research paper.

  8. Research Question: The three things you need to think about when framing a research project.

  9. Online archives: The Crisis (journal of the NAACP, beginning in 1910, edited by W.E.B. Du Bois)