Having a background in librarianship as well as historical research I’m familiar with finding, extracting, and assessing information using a range of materials from physical documents to online resources.
Tertiary sources, such as encyclopedias and textbooks can provide a useful overview of a subject, particularly when you are approaching a subject for the first time.
Secondary sources include books and journals. Published written histories often give the author’s views on a subject, and books and articles will include references and bibliographies. These will provide you with the primary sources which the author has used, and mention other potential print material to look at.
Primary sources are contemporary, first hand accounts which can provide an immediacy with a period in history which secondary material can’t. They can include images and artefacts as well as newspapers, diaries, wills, letters, maps and official documents.
I have a wealth of experience of using catalogues and finding aids in libraries, museums and archives.
- First degree, and MPhil in history
- Postgraduate librarianship and information studies qualification
- Ongoing professional development