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HIST 203 - Canada Since 1867


Major Paper Proposal

As part of this assignment, you must provide five different types of sources that discuss your topic. The idea is for you to have a list of pertinent sources for the paper you will be writing on this topic.  Hence, as you go through the steps, try to find sources on the subject of your paper that will actually be of use in your writing.  This means actually looking at the objects you find, not just accepting what you find in the indexes. Below is a list of possible source types. Remember that your list of sources must contain one book written by a university-based historian in the last 50 years and one peer-reviewed article in an academic journal.


Primary sources (Documentation):


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 (Analysis):

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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