Your assignment is to learn as much as possible about the primary source you have chosen by examining the time and place that it came from, and determine where and how your document fits into the broader historical setting from which it came.
Imagine you are doing your primary document analysis on Mary Wollstonecraft's text "A Vindication of the Rights of Women." Read the first three paragraphs of this source: Wollstonecraft, Mary
After reading these paragraphs, ask yourself:
For scholarly encyclopedias, start with the electronic collection on the Background Sources tab of this guide.
MRU owns many online and print encyclopedias that address the topics and figures in this course. Some print items are located in the Reference Collection across from the service desk, others are in the Main Collection on levels 3 and 4.
Here is a selection of academic encyclopedias relevant to many topics in this course: