According to the Society of American Archivists, a primary source is "Material that contains firsthand accounts of events and that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness." (Check out Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using)
Students can obtain primary sources using a variety of methods: original research, archives, historical newspapers, interviews, oral histories, websites, blogs, emails & social media, or photographs and films.
Secondary sources are books, periodical articles, and other resources that interpret, analyze, represent, or discuss. Many resources can be considered either a primary source or a secondary source, depending on the context.
Quantitative research is used when trying to quantify the problem. There are four types of quantitative research: descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental. The data used for this research generally comes from surveys, questionnaires and evaluations.
Qualitative research is exploratory research. It is used when trying to gain an understanding of reasons, opinions, and/or motivations. There are five types of qualitative research: ethnography, narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory, and case study.
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations including books, articles, and other related documents. This list includes the full citation of the resource along with a brief description of the resource. This allows the reader to have a better understanding of the resource and it's credibility.
You can learn more about how to format an annotated bibliography through OWL Purdue's Annotated Bibliography Samples.
We also recommend that you use RefWorks to organize your citations for the annotated bibliography. Please note that you will need to create an account to use this resource. Please use your New School email address to create this account.
The New School Libraries subscribe to over 500 databases. You can find them listed under the 'Browse Databases' link within the 'Books & More' option on the Library homepage. These resources have been sorted out by subject and you can explore these subject areas by using the 'All Subjects' dropdown box located at the top of the page. The databases listed below are good interdisciplinary research resources to start your research.