Archives Research Tutorial



What records do we have?

What should you expect?

Finding & accessing records

Handling records

Records appraisal & analysis

Integrating records into your assignment

Citing records in your assignment

Citing Records In Your Assignment

These are just a few suggestions, there are no fixed rules on how to use primary sources in a research assignment. When using any type of primary record, however, it is important to include a citation demonstrating the source of your information. Universities treat plagiarism as a serious offence. Though archival documents may be unpublished, they still need to be cited in your assignment. Doing this is easy.

Whether you are quoting from a manuscript, using a piece of statistical information, or citing from an audio or visual recording, the procedure for referencing is basically the same. A proper reference must contain all the information necessary to locate the document and place it in its descriptive context.