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Foundations: Mesoamerican Civilizations: Home

Welcome to your research guide

The pages under the tabs above are filled with reliable resources you can access on campus and from home to help you do better work, faster, as painlessly as possible.

If you have questions, comments, or need help finding the right thing, please reach out to Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor. We are happy to meet with you over Zoom, too! (Mr. Padgett is a night owl, and Ms. Taylor is more of a morning person, so no matter what time zone you are in, we would love to work with you).

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Research process

Your Research Process

Using this guide effectively


  1. Start your research with Encyclopedias and Reference Sources where you will find a broad overview of your subject. This will allow you to better understand where the specific information you find later fits in the bigger picture.

  2. Next, go deeper with Books and eBooks, also known as monographs or secondary sources. These books will have more specific information about aspects of your topic. Sometimes there will be an entire book on your specific topic, sometimes you may have to assemble information from multiple monographs. They will generally have a bibliography of resources recommended by the author.

  3. Find and interpret Primary Sources: Primary sources are things produced in the historical time period being studied. These can range from the written word, to artwork, coins, tools, and even everyday household objects. Interpreting primary sources will require the background knowledge gained through your reference and monograph research.