EARLY: Primary source research is often in-depth and
time-consuming. Be prepared to travel to the source. If it can be
borrowed via Interlibrary Loan you will still need to take into
consideration the length of time it will take to arrive. Many historical
documents are now available only on microfilm, which can be slow.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FIRST: Find out what the issues
surround the topic you are interested in. Analyze how other authors have
interpreted it and use this as a base for developing your own
conclusions. Examine secondary sources about your subject and take note
of which primary sources the author/s used.