History research is NOT a book report on what has been said before...you are looking for a question that doesn't seem to have been answered. This establishes a place for you to shine by adding to the body of historical studies.
This may seem challenging, but as our interpretations of our past continually change in light of modern thinking and new discoveries, there are plenty of topics to explore!
So, while you are exploring, keep an open mind and do not 'lock' your thesis to start. This flexibility will come in very handy.
Analyze the source material you need. Articles, newspapers, photos, books, government publications? Primary sources will be of primary importance to you! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Primary sources can be letters, diaries, contemporary newspapers, government reports, maps or other first-person accounts and evidence.
Secondary sources are articles and books that review a number of works to create a text. Secondary sources are most often written years after the event or time period and may be based on research in primary sources.
What is available to me to inform and support my research? If you cannot find enough evidence due to a variety of issues such as expense. language, or scarcity, it is time to re-think your topic.
Identify where to locate what you need. Is it in the book collection, newspaper databases, a photograph or map collection? In addtion to books, will articles provide you with some information and point you to other resources, so which databases will provide relevant articles?
Use tools that will help you organize your resources, such as Zotero.
Keep an open mind but be selective as to the quality of the sources you are gathering.
The BOOKS, ARTICLES and CHICAGO tabs are for your research, regardless of the issue you choose. The other links are for the specific research area you select.