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HIST: Introductory History Courses

Presearch Worksheet

Starting a Research Project

First steps to starting a research project:

  1. open Noodletools
    ♦ If you cannot remember how to access Noodletools or if you need to set up an account, click HERE.
  2. create a project in Noodletools (check to see if your teacher wants you to share it with them).
    ♦ For citations and notecards
  1. evaluate potential sources
  2. get your feet wet by looking in reference resources to gain an overview of the topic
  3. start creating your list of keywords to help with finding information elsewhere
  4. incorporate primary source material

 References sources are a type of secondary source.

 The information provided is usually quite broad, such as a subject summary or overview. 

Examples include:

  •  Encyclopedias
  •  Dictionaries
  •  Almanacs
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