Research as Conversation:
Think of the sources you read to explore your topic (articles, books, films, videos, images, or websites) as different threads in a conversation. Just like blog comments, each source expresses different ideas, observations, discoveries, or interpretations of the historical issue you will address. As you read your sources, try to figure out how they relate to each other: do they agree; do they contradict each other; do they help you understand your issue from a different perspective? So when you read your sources, think about the story they're telling you and about what they each have to say about that story.
By actively reading your sources as if you're participating in an interesting, complex discussion, when you write your paper, you'll be able to demonstrate to your teacher that you have a deeper understanding of your topic.
Through careful reading, you'll be able to talk about how your sources contribute to your understanding of the topic and to the scholarly conversation taking place in the literature.
A Few Technical Notes:
On your computer you need to:
Here are some useful instructions from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory