Example: How did the invention of the printing press affect the exchange of information in Europe?
Keywords: printing press, Europe, information exchange, invention
Related keywords: Gutenberg, moveable type, literacy, reading, books
Decide what information resource might be most useful; ask your teacher or a librarian for help
Check out the "About" page of online archives to figure out if it covers your topic.
Try out different combinations of your keywords to see which bring back the best results for your research. Record what works best in your research journal.
There are many digital archives containing digitized and “born digital” primary sources. Some are listed below to get you started. You can also try an open web search for “your topic” and “digital archive.”
Some primary sources are reproduced in book format
http://library.csueastbay.edu/az.php [on-campus access only]
Check out the History LibGuide from Cal State East Bay for more links to online resources and hints for finding archives around the Bay Area
You can use these databases to find physical and digital collections in archives that are relevant to your research. Many of the archives in Online Archive of California are located around the Bay Area, including the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and many have digitized collections, too.
Check out the page Local Libraries and Archives in this guide for links to other libraries and archives that you may want to visit for your research.