Research Orientation

Welcome to the Research Orientation!

Our goal here is to help you become more familiar and comfortable with the resources at our partner sites and with how to use these resources to find primary source documents integral to your inquiry-based lesson. Please complete this Orientation before the Summer Institute, August 15, 2011.

More information about primary sources, historical thinking, and our partner sites may be found on the Primary Sources page.
This page is easily accessible from all wiki pages by using the Primary Sources link in the navigation menu on the left side of each wiki page.
Please take some time to become familiar with the page and our partners.

The Research Process Video

Now watch a video featuring Project Historian and Suffolk University professor Dr. Patricia Reeve about the research process and how to get the most from a visit to a partner site's archives or collections.

American History Comes Alive from Robert Simpson on Vimeo.

Guide to Conducting Research

Here is Dr. Reeve's "Guide to Conducting Research" which provides helpful tips about preparing to research in archives and collections.


      • The Research Orientation Webquest will be available by July 1, 2011. Please check on or after that date to continue.
Teachers who are returning to the project from Becoming America Year 2, will be happy to learn that a new module has been created using different resources.**

The Research Process Webquest

Please complete the webquest (online lesson) on the research process. It has been tailored to you, the Becoming America Project participant, and is interactive.
As you go through the webquest, you will be asked to post your results. Post these results by clicking on the Discussion tab at the top of this page.

Research Process Webquest


Thank you for completing this Research Orientation.
We look forward to working with you further on the quest for primary sources as you plan your lesson this Project year!

Top Ten things to do before the Summer Institute:
  1. Be sure that you have created a profile on the Teacher's page.
  2. Think about what you already teach that relates to this year's theme.
  3. If you can, visit a project partner in person.
  4. Visit the project blog for updates on the project.
  5. Read the readings for the Summer Institute that are found in your white Project binder.
  6. Complete the Research Orientation webquest.
  7. If you have a smartphone, download Twitter on your device and be one of the Summer Institute tweeters.
  8. Remember your "lunch money" and pack your walking shoes!
  9. Please be on time in the morning and after lunch breaks.
  10. Come ready to have a great time!

For other partner sites, go to the Primary Sources page or look at this handy guide from Project Historian Pat Reeve.
Here is Dr. Reeve's handout -- "Boston & Metropolitan Area Research Collections (2010-2011)"

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