Family History Project Bibliography
For this assignment, due by the start of sections on Friday 1 Nov., please submit a bibliography of at least three titles or sources being used for your family history research project. At least one of the titles must be a primary source, i.e. a text (or interview or image) created by a person who lived during the time period under study. A letter, diary, memoir, interview, photograph, newspaper article, or census volume could be a primary source. At least one of the titles must be a secondary work, i.e. an account of events or developments or society written afterwards, usually by a scholar or journalist who has done some research in primary sources and who can provide some perspective on the time period under study. Laurel Ulrich’s Midwife’s Tale is comprised of both a primary source (the excerpts from Martha Ballard’s diary or journal) and a secondary work (the chapters by Ulrich that explain Ballard’s life and times).
This assignment is meant to ensure you are making good progress on your family history research paper. Don't leave the research until the last minute. Producing a good paper usually entails giving yourself plenty of time to find sources, put together a narrative with an argument, and produce a rough and a final draft. Virtually all papers will need both primary sources and secondary works. Primary sources are usually essential for explaining the experience of individuals in a particular time. Secondary works are usually essential for placing people and events in a broader context of history.
The bibliography will not be graded, unless it is incomplete or not submitted. Please use a consistent, approved format of citations.