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Research Learning Modules

Learn the research process using this series of four self-paced lessons. Each lesson guides you step-by-step as you practice important research skills. You will learn to define and analyze sources, how to write a solid thesis statement, and ultimately understand how to create a research project.

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Module 1: Using Primary and Secondary Sources

Learn the difference between a primary source and a secondary source, and identify examples of each type.

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Module 2: Analyzing Primary Documents

Learn how to examine primary sources, especially photographs, by making observations, taking time to reflect, and asking questions about the source.

Max sitting at a laptop with a black and white photo of child miners on the screen


Module 3: Writing a Thesis Statement

Learn how to develop an argument, or thesis statement, which serves as the basis of your research project.

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Module 4: Creating a Research Project

Learn how to organize your research into an outline and discover five creative formats for your research project.

Jasmine sitting in a library pointing to a photo of Harriet Tubman in a book she is holding