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History at Adelphi

Conducting Historical Research

These websites provide a succinct overview of the process of conducting a historical research project.

Selecting a Topic

The first step in a research project is to select a topic. In this video, students offer personal insights into how they approach this task.

Sources for Topics

One of the key things to remember when selecting a topic is to choose a subject that is of interest to you. It makes the research process more enjoyable, and you tend to produce a better product. Some places to get ideas for topics:

Generating Search Terms

As you select your topic, you should make a list of search terms, or keywords, that you will use to locate appropriate information sources. Watch the video below to familiarize yourself with this process.

Important: Databases frequently have their own subject terms, which can differ from the terms you've selected. Click on this link to learn how to familiarize yourself with the database "language."