Library Home Search OCtopus for Resources Research & Course Guides About the Library Help from the Library Kelowna Library Information Penticton Library Information Salmon Arm Library Information Vernon Library Information Library Home

History Research Guide

Start Your Research Early!

Many history courses have major research papers due at the end of the semester.

It is important to start planning your research for this and gathering sources early so that you have time to read them and integrate them into your paper with proper citation.

To help you stay organized, you might want to divide a big project into smaller steps and set deadlines for when you will finish them.

Try out this assignment calculator from SFU to get started!

Further Reading About Historical Research...

Primary Sources for Historical Research

In History, a primary source is a work, document or record created at the time of an event or by a person who directly witnessed or experienced that event. Primary sources are contemporary, first-hand accounts or descriptions of events, people, things or environments.

  • Examples:
    • diaries, photographs, letters, journals, newspaper articles
    • government documents (ex. census forms, military service records, school attendance records)
    • creative works (ex. songs, poems, paintings, novels).

This site is maintained by the librarians of Okanagan College Library.
If you wish to comment on an individual page, please contact that page's author.
If you have a question or comment about Okanagan College Library's LibGuides site as a whole, please contact the site administrator.