Getting Started

Focus your topic with the help of encyclopedias

Examples:
Maud Gonne (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
Maud Gonne (Encyclopedia of Irish History & Culture)
The development of gender history (Encyclopedia of European Social History)

Carefully review the suggested reading lists in encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries.

Start thinking about possible primary sources

  • Autobiography?
  • Correspondence?
  • Published diaries?
  • Contemporary news coverage?
  • ...

What types of primary source materials could be available for your topic?


Primary Sources

Visit the Rearch Guide for Primary Sources for advice on research strategies.

Examples:

Maud Gonne's correspondence
Maud Gonne's autobiography
Maud Gonne's political writings
The United Irishwomen: their place, work and ideals
(Dublin, 1911. Gerritsen collection)
...

Literature Review


Citing Your Sources