Tree thumbnailHistorical research requires a strong grounding in secondary sources.

This is true for local history as well but finding secondary sources for local topics can prove challenging.

Richard J. Cox explains the need and value for local history bibliographies and encourages professionals working in local history institutions, such as historic structures, local libraries, manuscript collections, and museums, to encourage the compilation of relevant bibliographies.

Cox explains what a bibliography consists of and provides suggestions for how to properly site resources.

Finding relevant sources is essential for creating a useful bibliography and Cox provides tips for how and where to locate local history sources.

He also provides examples of effective local history bibliographies.

Technical Leaflet #144 (1982)