Use these resources to get an overview of topics related to your research, to familiarize yourself with names, places, concepts important to your topic, and to get recommendations for books and articles on your topic. Return to them as you are refining your topic, or as you need clarification while doing your research.
Read bibliographies and notes of secondary literature carefully. Historians carefully document their sources in footnotes and bibliographies. You can get a good sense of not only specific primary sources that may allow you to explore a topic, but you can also get a general sense of the kinds of sources historians have used to research a topic.
From the secondary literature, you can identify individuals, places, institutions, and organizations important to your topic. This information will assist you in searching for primary sources in online catalogs.
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