Research Learning Modules

Learn the research process using this series of 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.

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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.

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Module 5: Digging for Historical Sources

Learn how to find great historical sources for your research project.

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Module 6: Evaluating Sources

Learn how to evaluate historical documents by asking five simple questions.

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Module 7: Using Primary Sources as Evidence

Learn how to analyze primary sources and use sources as evidence to make a claim about a historical topic.

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Module 8: How to Cite the Right Way

Learn about plagiarism, and the correct way to cite sources for a research project.

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Module 9: Analyzing Political Cartoons

Learn how to analyze political cartoons and to identify persuasive techniques used by cartoonists.

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Module 10: Analyzing Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Learn how to analyze historical charts, graphs, and tables and to recognize how they are used to share different perspectives.

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Module 11: Annotated Bibliography

Learn how to write a Chicago-style annotated bibliography.

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Module 12: Media Literacy and Bias

Learn how to analyze historic and modern media for signs of bias.

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