Mollahan Mill, Newberry, S.C. Type of young woman at spinning machine in cotton mills. Location: Newberry, South Carolina. December 1908. Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer. National Child Labor Committee (Lewis Hine photographs). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. LOT 7479, v. 1, no. 0385 [P&P].
Welcome to your History 502 course guide! Your professor is giving you a great deal of freedom to explore a historical topic of interest to you which can lead to many questions and challenges. This guide will help you and of course your professor and your librarian (me) are here to help.
No guide can include every possible resource you need for your specific topic, so do not hesitate to reach out for help from us. You see my contact information to the right with email and chat options. If you have a complex question or need to search multiple resources, we will set up an appointment via Zoom.
We may be doing everything remotely but that should not stop you from finding the primary and secondary sources essential to a good project.
Key Concepts that apply to all history research:
A primary source is an original source created at the time of the event by someone who participated in the event or directly observed it.
Example: A photograph dated 1911 of women soldiers of the Mexican Revolution is a primary source since the photograph was taken during the Revolution.
A secondary source is created afterward, often to analyze and interpret the past. Secondary sources often use primary sources as a resource.
Example: A woodcut of Adelitas (women revolutionaries) created in 2010, while it may look old, is not primary and should not be used. The only time the woodcut could be used as a primary source would be if you were writing a paper on the modern representation of women who fought during that war. This would be a paper on how memory alters or romanticizes the past and as that is not the point of this project in this class, so do not use it.