Rutgers Riot Animated Research Tutorial
“MODULE 1: Selecting a Topic
When picking a topic, focus on a specific question by applying limiters. Limiters narrow the topic by making it more specific.
- Time period
Google or Wikipedia can be useful in the early stages of research, to help you learn more about the area you want to research so you can pick a specific topic. Just remember that this is only the first step in your research.
MODULE 2: Finding Sources
Primary sources are original works written, created, or produced during the particular time under study.
- Original documents: autobiographies, letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, interviews, official records, news film footage, photographs, research reports, research data
- Creative Works: paintings, sculpture, poetry, novels, musical scores
- Artifacts: clothing, tools, buildings, weapons, fossils
Secondary sources rely on primary sources for information.
- First-hand analysis: Interpretations, evaluations, commentaries, or discussion of primary sources
Tertiary sources are yet one more level removed from the primary source and generally refer to tools for finding primary and second sources.
- Indexes, databases, and bibliographies
- Library online catalogs
- Dictionaries and encyclopedias
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