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2. Conduct Research Using Primary and Secondary Sources
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In this video, you will choose a historical person to interview.

Then, you will type an objective for the interview, research the person using primary and secondary sources, and take notes in your document.

Taking notes helps you process information, organize ideas, and develop the interview questions you will type later.

To begin, select a historical person to interview.

You could choose someone who made an important contribution to science, art, medicine, politics, civil rights, or whoever you prefer.

Or, your teacher may assign you someone.

After you decide who to interview, type a title for your interview at the top of your document.

Format the text to make the title stand out.

Next, add a heading for your interview’s objective and format it.

An objective is a goal you would like to achieve.

It’s important to have a goal in mind before you conduct research and draft your questions.

For example, you might want to better understand your subject’s background and influences, or how they became involved in the accomplishment, project, or event that made them famous.

Next, you’ll research your figure online and take notes, keeping your objective in mind.

First, type a heading for your research notes and format it.

Then, search online for information about your subject.

Look for information from both primary and secondary sources.

Primary sources are materials that provide a direct or first-hand account of a topic, from people who had a direct connection with it.

They enable you to get as close as possible to what actually happened during a particular event, time period, or in a person’s life.

Examples of primary sources include: Autobiographies and memoirs, Speeches, diaries, letters, and interviews, And magazine and newspaper articles published at the time.

Secondary sources are generally one or more steps removed from the person, event, or time period.

They interpret, analyze, or summarize primary sources.

Examples of secondary sources include: Biographies, Reference books, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, History books, And textbooks.

Select your information from reputable sources, such as online encyclopedias or educational websites.

As you find information that you think might be useful for your interview questions, type notes in your document.

Try to find more than one resource.

Checking multiple sources helps confirm that the information is factual.

Continue to research and take notes until you have enough information about the person to develop your interview questions.

And make sure to include information from both primary and secondary sources.

When you’ve finished typing your notes, format them with bullet points to make them organized and easier to read.

Now, it’s your turn: Choose a historical person to interview, Type an objective for your interview, Research the historical person using primary and secondary sources, Take notes about the person in your document, And format the notes with bullet points.

Instructions

  1. Choose a historical person to interview.
  2. Type an objective for your interview.
  3. Research the historical person using primary and secondary sources.
  4. Take notes about the person in your document.
  5. Format the notes with bullet points.