Archives Research Tutorial

Introduction

Pre-planning

What records do we have?

What should you expect?

Finding & accessing records

Handling records

Records appraisal & analysis

Integrating records into your assignment

Citing records in your assignment


Records Appraisal & Analysis

What kind of document is it?

If it is a textual document, is it personal correspondence, a government record or report, a diary, a memorandum, a record of a transaction, a petition, an interview, a diploma, or something else? Knowing a document's type and form can be important - this helps you understand why certain information is present, while other information may be absent. For example, a census record will only contain the information that the census taker was legally required to include. Likewise, a record of an interview will only contain the information that the interviewer felt was important enough to ask and record. 

 

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