'What historians believe in is the need to study and analyse the sources as objectively as is humanly possible'
Arthur Marwick. The new nature of history ... p 154
'The discovery and analysis of primary sources alone does not make history, but without the study of primary sources there is no history'
Arthur Marwick, The new nature of history, p 156
In the course of your research you may need to look at primary sources. While more and more sources are being digitalised the majority of primary sources are held in major reserach Libraries and public historial libeaeies such as the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives.
Please look at the data offered under Archives & E Archives to find sources of interest
In order to access these collections you will need a Letter of Introduction from DkiT. Find out about that below.
In the Libray it would be worth while consulting any of the following:
Exploring history, 1400-1900 : an anthology of primary sources / edited by Rachel C. Gibbons. 909.08 GIB
A guide to the sources for the history of material culture in Ireland, 1500-2000 / Toby Barnard. 941.5 BAR
Sources for the history of landed estates in Ireland / Terence A.M. Dooley 941.4 DOO
Irish records : sources for family and local history / by James G. Ryan 929209415 RYA
Sources for local studies/by Willian Nolan - 941.5 NOL
Primary Sources are essential to the study of history, they are the traces and clues left by the past.
Think about who produced this source - where, when and why this document was created
When was the source published the closer to the time an event occurred the better the detail
Analysis the content and point of view critically
Remember all sources are biased in some way
Cross reference both primary and secondary sources to get a clearer view point
To access the contents of written information (source book) view the table of contents, footnotes and bibliography to see how extensive the research was
Has the authors name been cited in other sources or bibliographies
Database "Web of knowledge" is a great source for searching topics and checking citations