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HIST 203: Canada Since 1867 (Morton)

Research guide for HIST 203 (Winter 2023 - Prof. Morton)


Research Assignment and Essay

For your Research Assignment (due 1 February), you will prepare a bibliography of materials relating to the subject you have selected for your Essay (due 12 April). The purpose is for you to investigate and identify the range of sources available for historical research. Below is a list of possible source types; identify one relevant example per category. Remember that your list of sources must include one scholarly book and one peer-reviewed article in an academic journal.


Primary sources:

a. Contemporary (i.e. at the time of the event) newspaper article,

b. Contemporary magazine article,

c. Government report,

d. Record of House of Commons (or Senate) debates,

e. Record of debates in provincial legislature(s),

f. Literary material (movie, play, poetry, fiction, etc.),

g. Historical photograph,

h. Statistical material (census data or other relevant info),

i. Memoir, diary or correspondence related to the topic,

j. Map.


Secondary sources:

a. Scholarly book (required),

b. Peer-reviewed article (required),

c. Thesis or dissertation,

d. Scholarly website,

e. Popular book,

f. Popular article,

g. Popular website.


Finding items in each of these categories requires a different logic. To learn how, use the links to each type of source in the menu on the left.

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