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LGBT 200: Introduction to LGBT Studies: Research Tips

Differentiate Between Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary vs. Secondary Sources - The video above explains the key characteristics, similarities, and differences of primary and secondary sources. This video provides you with the skills to determine if a source is a primary or secondary source. You will need to be able to complete this task for your midterm project, and potentially for future assignments. 

Analyze Your Primary Sources

How do you analyze a primary source?-This video walks you through the thought process of understanding the content and context of a document. This video will help you when you need to think more critically and analyze your three primary sources for your midterm project.

General Research Tips

Tips for a successful trip to the Archives:

Before you arrive:

  • Make sure you understand your assignment before you pick a general topic
  • Review finding aids and know which items you want to work with in advance
  • Familiarize yourself with the Home section of this guide

When you get to the Archives

  • It will take 15-30min to get registered and set up with materials--factor this time in when planning your visit
  • Be prepared to tell Archives staff the collection AND box you'd like to work with
  • Give yourself enough time to make mistakes and change the direction of your research
  • For each source you consider, record the collection, call number, box, and folder it came from

When you get home

  • Organize your sources and notes, then consider: How are the sources you've found related? What questions do you still have? What details ar you still fuzzy on? What sources could you consult to answer those questions?
  • Jot down notes about which folders/items you still want to review

When in doubt-->Ask an Archivist: ASKARCH@UWM.EDU

 

Introduction to Finding Aids