“The process of learning and understanding the background and growth of a chosen field of study or profession can offer insight into organizational culture, current trends, and future possibilities. The historical method of research applies to all fields of study because it encompasses their: origins, growth, theories, personalities, crisis, etc.”
Consider the slant or bias of the information.
Bias is prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
What factors contributed to the historical event? Cause and effect play a big role in historical research.
Consider the evidence from multiple points of view.
When you are conducting historical research not all sources are appropriate. You need to include information based on facts and research and eyewitness account, when possible. Articles, textbooks, journals, primary sources and scholarly websites are appropriate. Sites such as Wikipedia and some blogs are not appropriate because the content can be changed and may not be factual.
We you begin an internet search Wikipedia is often the first source listed. Naturally this is where you would start. If you scroll down you will see other sources available, many of them scholarly.
Wikipedia can be used to help you collect ideas and create your outline. IF the topic is well referenced there should be a list of scholarly references, and possible links to other sites, at the bottom of the page. You may choose to use some of the same sources. Wikipedia should never be your only source.
When you conduct any type of research you must always cite your sources. It is against the law to use the work of someone else with out giving them credit.
There are several websites available to help you create correct citations:
When you are conducting historical research there are several tools available to assist you. Use the websites below if you need assistance in your search:
Remember that your instructor is always available. If you have a question about a research topic or source please contact your instructor.