These are the best databases to use when seeking scholarly journal articles on a history topic.
Once you do your preliminary research and understand the background of your topic, including the key people, places, events, and dates involved, you can start to think about finding primary sources. Ask yourself:
It's important to question your primary sources, as a first step to evaluating them for accuracy, bias, and usefulness.
Questions to ask:
Another way to look at primary sources is to evaluate them according to the standards of Authority, Accuracy, Accessibility, Purpose, and Bias. These standards can be applied to any source, primary or secondary, and they are very useful in determining the usefulness of a primary source.