On trial: Research Methods Primary Sources

I’m happy to let you know that the Library currently has trial access to Research Methods Primary Sources from Adam Matthew. This new resource is an online learning tool for primary source literacy that can be used in classroom-based and online teaching, as well as for independent study.

You can access Research Methods Primary Sources for an extended period via the E-resources trials page. Access is available on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 16th June 2022.

Research Methods Primary Sources allows you to build the skills you need to conduct research and evaluate primary sources with confidence.

What are primary sources? How can you use them in your research? Why are some historical documents archived and why did others disappear? Why does it matter today?

Designed as a tool to support students of the humanities and social sciences, Research Methods Primary Sources introduces the key approaches to working with source materials and historical evidence.

The resource includes:

  • Learning Tools
    Comprising peer-reviewed essays, How-to guides and newly-commissioned video interviews, the learning tools introduce you to key concepts that underpin research in the humanities and social sciences, and share the core principles and practices for understanding and using primary sources.
  • Case Studies
    Over 140 case studies based on digitised sources demonstrate how to analyse, approach and interact with primary source material.
  • Practice Sources
    Includes hundreds of primary sources, drawn from Adam Matthew’s archival partners across the globe. This diverse set of historical documents enables you to put primary source literacy skills into practice.
  • Data Sets
    These present example cases for working with data in history from the presentation of a data set to understanding how to interrogate, interpret and use the data within.


You can access Research Methods Primary Sources via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.
Trial access ends 16th June 2022.
Feedback welcome.

Please note, trial access to a resource is an opportunity for our staff and students to try a resource out and give feedback on its quality and usefulness. However, if we trial a resource this is not an indication that we plan to or will be able to purchase or subscribe to the resource in the near future.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology