Original historical scholarship rests on an analysis of primary sources that is in conversation with the existing, relevant scholarship of secondary sources. History honors students are expected to make a new — if modest — contribution to scholarship. To do this requires: (1) reading widely in secondary sources on a topic to figure out what has already been said and discovered about a topic and (2) identifying what primary sources are accessible to them in order to allow them to advance knowledge on a topic.
Finding sources, primary and secondary, are key to this endeavor. To see what's available and perhaps accessible, look at the library resource page created for History 1992 by Dr. Holly Snyder, one of our university librarians.