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African Studies Research Guide

Working Together to Incorporate Primary Source Material Into Your Course

My primary objective (you'll pardon the pun) in connecting students and primary source materials is to foster inquiry-based learning conducive to cultivating primary source literacy competencies. In order to facilitate our work together, I ask that you do the following:

1) Please do contact me as soon as you think you might want to use primary source material in your course. Many of the primary source materials in our collections are held off-site or for other reasons, require significant lead time to get them ready for class use.

2) Please share your course syllabus with with me as soon as possible. If that is not possible, please share the course objectives in an e-mail. This will allow me to plan a more impactful intervention within your course, with better learning outcomes for your students. 

3) Please plan to meet with me in person once per collaborative class session. When we meet, we will discuss effective primary source literacy strategies, and co-develop session outcomes. These meetings can be brief (and I am happy to come to you!).

4) Please review IUCAT, the finding aids in Archives Online and Images Online, and the other pages in this guide, to see which archival holdings might be good matches for the assignments you have in mind. 

5) Please have an idea of when and how you would like to incorporate primary source material into the course but please also remain flexible in terms of timing and available materials.  

6) Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns as you plan your course! I want to help you successfully incorporate primary source materials into your curriculum, and I am very excited to work with you and your students! 

Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy

Indiana University Primary Source Immersion Program

Further reading