The National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region, in cooperation with The Alaska Network for Understanding American History (ANUAH), is offering online lessons on Archival Research Basics. This self-paced course consists of ten online lessons and a one day hands-on experience in person at the National Archives in Anchorage or Seattle that will lead you through the process of understanding the research process, narrowing your topic, knowing where to look for materials, and understanding the organization and holdings of archives. Additionally, you will learn to transcribe handwritten documents, cite primary sources adequately, and discover National Archives educational resources online.
Instructor Carol Buswell, Education Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration, will show answers to your questions:
- Did you ever need a primary source document to support a lesson plan or paper and were not able to find just what you need online?
- Have you or your students ever struggled to find the perfect topic or direction for research?
- Have you ever wondered how Ken Burns gets those perfect documents to put in his videos?
This course is designed for secondary teachers, librarians, media specialists and anyone else wishing to do primary source research in archives or libraries. It costs $90. More information and an online sign-up form may be found at http://anuah.pbworks.com/NARA-Online-Course.
The online coursework material is available at http://anuah.pbworks.com/Archival+Research+Basics+-+Online+Lessons. You can actually take the online course without paying any fee. However, if you do so, you will not earn the One 500-level credit (APU) and will miss the one day hands-on experience in person at the National Archives in Anchorage or Seattle.