Week 5: Primary Sources

Finding and using primary sources to help with your projects. What is a primary source? Where can you find them? How do they help your projects?

Before Class

During Class

  • We’ll deep dive into the library’s collections with our library history liaison, George Oberle.
  • Search for newspaper coverage about your crime. You can search the Chicago Examiner Archives (avail 1908-1918 ), Chicago Tribune Archives (1849+), Chicago Defender (1909-1975), or another newspaper archives, generally available through Mason Libraries. (You will need to login.) Find one or two articles, collect their locations and be prepared to discuss in class what you selected and where you found it. How might these items help your research?

Blog Assignment
Due Sunday, October 11th at noon.
Worth 3 points. Blog responses should be at least 300 words; they should be written in a semi-formal scholarly style (with complete thoughts and correct spelling, grammar, syntax, and full citations). Partial responses (including responses that fail to meet the minimum word length or clearly fail to answer the prompt) will receive partial credit. Late posts will not be accepted.

On your blog, please write about one or two of the most relevant or compelling primary sources you found in class about your crime. You must fully cite and link to your primary sources.

Here are some questions to help you get started — you do not need to answer them all, but please use them to help you frame your response:

What makes them compelling or relevant? What did you learn? What, if any biases, do they have and how will these affect your reading of them? After reading these sources, what direction might you take your final project? Did any of your original questions change? What did you learn about finding sources—primary and secondary—online?

Last updated: November 19, 2015 at 18:26 pm