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The Washington State Archives: The Basics of Historical Research

  • Puget Sound Regional Archives 10 148th Ave NE Bellevue, WA, 98007 United States (map)

You want to do historical research, but you’re not a trained historian. You want to develop your students’ Common Core research, analysis and interpretation skills. You want to make the most of your History Day project or that big research project that you have just been assigned.

Where do you start? 
What types of research sources should you be using? 
Where do you find them? 
How do you use the information that these sources provide?

The Basics of Historical Research is for teachersstudents,beginning genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past. You’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History Day, a classroom based assessment (CBA), or personal historical interest. This class will cover: 

What historical sources are—and how to use them.
What primary sources are—and aren’t
How to use the library system.

How to use archival collections.
How to find and use reliable online resources.
How to properly cite your sources.
How to use information from different sources.

Space is limited! Register now at

Saturday, October 14: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Puget Sound Branch Archives


Teachers are eligible for 3 clock hours provided free of charge through the Cispus Learning Center.

Earlier Event: October 7
The WSCSS Fall Conference
Later Event: October 21
NWTSJ Conference