This guide is meant as a resource to help you find and select archival materials for your research project. Before jumping into the archives you will need to do some preparation.
First, you have to decide on the subject matter of your research. Selecting a topic is one of the most difficult parts of the research process. The "Research 101: Selecting & Developing a Topic" research guide will help you think through this activity.
Once you know your topic, do some background research into secondary and tertiary sources. These sources will provide you with a basic understanding of your topic and lead you into the archival collections you will use for your research. If you are having difficulty finding secondary sources, you can use the "Research 101" research guide or ask a librarian. Remember that librarians can help guide you through the endless amount of resources available to you.
After you have your topic and knowledge of it, it is time to explore archival collections.