Research Unplugged: Hit the Books!
The Oxford County Archives will present a variety of historical resources, both primary and secondary sources, to be used by students for research purposes. Archives staff will help facilitate a research lesson using these resources. Resources may include: journals, maps, letters, newspaper articles, academic research notes, scrapbooks, photographs, postcards, posters, directories, historical bylaws, literature, etc.
Research Unplugged: Hit the Books! is a program designed by archives staff to meet the historical inquiry and skill development portions of history curriculum for grade 10. With the help of archives staff, students will be given the opportunity to examine life in Oxford County and Canada from either the historical period between 1914 to 1929 or 1929 to 1945. Students will be gathering information from both primary and secondary sources. Using a worksheet and working in groups, participants will be asked to find the answers to a number of questions; the answers will be found in a variety of archival records. Topics students will be researching include: political history, the history of social programs, business and industry, entertainment, gender roles, life on the home front, propaganda and the role of Oxford County residents during WWI and WWII.
Students will learn how to determine the differences between primary and secondary sources and utilize a variety of historical records. The main objective of this program is to teach high school students how to research offline using resources other than digital records. This program will aid students in the development of their research skills, preparing them for more advanced research and essay writing. They will be made aware of the range of research sources available to them which are often found in libraries and archives while also becoming engaged with local heritage. They will learn how to examine history with a critical eye and determine the significance of historical events, people and places while making comparisons to their own experiences in the present.