One of the key skills in any historical field is research. However, this can be a daunting task for anyone who isn’t thoroughly versed in the skill set required to carry it out. Sometimes it seems that history research could be its own subject! Fortunately, anyone living in the New York area has access to a wealth of resources that can help you learn how to carry out effective and thorough research for any project, from a paper to a live presentation. At Ascent Tutors, one of the many areas where we offer particular help is history research. Our tutors all have extensive experience carrying out this type of research, both physically in the form of perusing archives and on-site materials and online using resources such as Lexis-NEXIS, Google Scholar, JSTOR, and the DOAJ.
The start of a good course of research can even include Wikipedia! Although it usually isn’t a good idea to cite the free online encyclopedia in your own work, Wikipedia can be a great launching-off point for your own research. Many (if not most) of the articles available include a hefty set of citations to works that can give you an idea of where to get started with your own efforts. Your own school may offer a library system, but anyone who goes to school or works in the New York area can access the New York Public Library, one of the most robust systems in the world, offering access to a wealth of physical and virtual resources. Ascent Tutors can connect you with a skilled professional capable of helping you take advantage of any of the resources available to you to carry out historical research.