Primary sources: an introduction for history students

Bunting Collection, Special Collections Reading Room, McClay Library, Queen's University Belfast

What do we mean by primary sources? Why are they important for students of history? How do you find them at Queen’s?

During this brand new course Deborah Sherlock (Subject Librarian, HAPP) and Louisa Costelloe (Assistant Librarian, Special Collections) will take you through what to expect (and how to avoid pitfalls) when dealing with primary sources. We will look at key issues such as navigating Special Collections at Queen’s, using primary sources databases, evaluating sources and citing primary sources in your academic work.

There is a wealth of primary source material available to students at Queen’s that we want you to access easily and feel confident exploring.

The course will run in the McClay Library on Thursday 28th February 2.30-4.00pm and Thursday 7th March 9.30-11.00am . Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Please reserve your place here.

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