Welcome to the Wide World of Research!

History Fair challenges students to "become historians" by actually doing history: research, analysis, forming a thesis, writing, producing, and communicating. The foundation is solid research into primary and secondary sources. Research depends on persistence, patience, a willingness to ask questions and explore possibilities. This guide introduces students to how to approach the research component of doing history.

Historians rely on plenty of primary sources and key secondary sources to which they will "unpack", or closely analyze, for the clues about the past. Take the "Research Journey" and explore all the tips under "Finding and Using Resources."  Check out the recommended websites and use the directory to find the institutions in Chicago that may be able to help you with your project.

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