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History 416: Many lives of Tokyo: Getting Started

The Many Lives of Tokyo
Professor: Eiko Maruko Siniawer
Fall 2021

Mapping out your search process

  • When thinking about your area of interest, consider the following questions:
    • Who were the people/groups who were involved/engaged with the event/moment
    • What "documents" did they produce?  Think of "documents" broadly: cultural production, government documents, data, etc..
  • Diagram the information landscape for your topic:  list the participants/involved parties and the resources they produce. Example of Christine's research map
  • Consider the questions of availability/accessibility to sources
    • Would these sources documents/sources have been preserved? If yes, by whom? 
    • Would these sources are been "published"  (duplicated)?  Published primary sources are a lot easier to access

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