Over the course of this semester, you will learn about primary source research. Follow us on Twitter (@SpecCollUM), as well as Facebook and our other social media sites, and by the end of this semester you will have a better understanding of how to use the special collections to ace your next project.
Our tips and resources strive to coordinate with a general plan for successfully researching a semester-long project, so you get the best possible grade.
Feel free to share your own research tips using the tag #UMDStudy–we welcome your input!
Topics for #UMDStudy:
- What is a research strategy? What are primary sources? Secondary sources? What formats might a primary source be in? What tools can you use to find and identify primary source material?
- What are Special Collections? Where are they located at UMD and off-campus? What is an archive, library, archivist, librarian, curator? How do you contact the information experts?
- What policies and procedures may you expect when accessing and using a special collection for research? How do you interpret different forms of primary source materials? How do you use and cite primary sources appropriately?
- What are some hints and tips for finishing your research paper? What study tips can help improve your finals scores? Where can you go to balance exam crams with fun?