The first stage of your research paper is to find and analyze a primary source. You are looking for something connected to religion, between the years 1492-1865.
Primary sources include: letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, newspaper articles, cartoons, speeches, manifestos, Government documents, and maps. The source needs to be substantial, not just a paragraph.
Think about what search terms you are going to use:
Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time of the event you are studying. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Primary sources are created:
A primary source is not necessarily your main source!
What would Mary Lynn Rampolla do? Read about evaluating primary sources in MLR's A Pocket Guide to Writing in History pp. 12-17.
Use the questions on this note-taking sheet to help you analyze your source.