Studying primary sources allows us to discover information about the past. A primary source might be anything from correspondence to photographs to newspapers and diaries. Primary sources are extremely useful not just for projects, but provide us a way to understand the history more deeply and personally from those that came before us.
When visitors come into the Maryland Room, they use primary sources to help with their research projects. Researchers pour over material, thinking critically about what the material is and what answers it can provide. Critical thinking and inquiry are crucial tools when conducting a research project that involves archival material and primary sources.
These sophisticated research skills are being introduced to children earlier than ever. Case Maker is one of the tools educators can use to help middle school students begin to develop their critical thinking skills. Continue reading
We enjoyed visits from a variety of English classes this semester and look forward to future visits.
ENGL702 – Cultures of Theory
Students discussed author and artist Robert Carlton Brown and his optical poetry.
Did you know there are rich collections of primary source material available right here on campus?
Special Collections and University Archives librarians are prepared to assist you and your students achieve instructional goals. You are already aware of the ways in which Pat Herron, librarian for the English department, can help you and your students learn basic research skills.
Christina Walter and HHUM106 students
SCUA librarians can help students interested in using primary source materials. We can provide a variety of instructional opportunities:
- Set up a tour of the gallery exhibit or to go “behind the scenes”
- Select materials for students to use throughout the semester
- Invite a librarian to your classroom to describe our collections
- Bring students to the library for librarian-led instruction on primary source research
Whatever your needs, a librarian will be selected to work closely with you and to design a tailored learning experience for your students. Email Laura Cleary, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or complete our online form, go.umd.edu/instruction, to set up a learning experience.
Honors Humanities 106
In the Spring 2015 semester, we had the opportunity to work with Christina Walter’s class, HHUM106: Modern Eye Modernize: Literature and Visual Culture in the Early 20th Century.
Christina pre-selected material from the Robert Carlton Brown collection to share with students. Three classes were held in Hornbake Library, allowing students ample time to study the material. During their third class, the students presented their research findings. Over the course of this project, students were exposed to primary source material and engaged in sophisticated research techniques.