Not a history major? Get started on the right track with encyclopedias.
Once you have an idea of your topic, look for books and documentaries in OneSearch, WorldCat, and the databases.
Lib Hack: some books reprint selections of primary source documents--diaries, historical newspaper articles, etc--which you can use as primary sources for your project. Look for "sources" on the subject terms list or use it directly as a keyword, or use the type of document as a keyword (such as diaries or letters).
Since you are not yet an expert in this topic, if you try to find articles first, you'll be pulled in a lot of directions by all the different specific aspects of a topic. That's why getting some background and then some book information will help you understand what more specific information you'd like to find in a researched article.
Once you have a framework of the subject and an idea of how you will appropriately narrow it, try out the databases below that are usually relevant to historical research.
In the sciences, you often call something a primary research article if the topic is an original experimental study performed by the authors. In the humanities, a primary source is anything that is original to the time period which you are studying.
Whatever source you use, but especially sources you find online, remember to mindfully answer the three evaluation questions
Quick reference for the three questions:
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