The first set of websites that I have listed here contains some general information about studying history through the use of primary sources (and also explanations of just what are primary sources).
- Using Primary sources (from the Library of Congress) while directed at teachers, has some good questions to "promote student inquiry."
- Primary Source (the Wikipedia entry accessed 2 February 2011) has very good sections on "Using Primary Sources" and "Strengths and weaknesses of primary sources"
- Using primary sources is a good quick introduction that likens the work of the history to that of a detective.
- Why Study History through Primary Sources is a great reminder that using primary sources have been a fundamental part of the craft of modern historians since the turn of the twentieth century
- I am sure that there are other resources available on the web.
I also have a list of some resources more specifically focused on using newspapers for historical research.
- The Oregon History Project has a very good website on Teaching with Primary Sources; see especially the section Approaching Newspapers."
- The American Historical Association has some rather complicated/theoretical remarks by Jerry W. Knudson, Late to the Feast: Newspapers as Historical Sources
- Jack Censer, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at George Mason University, has some great remarks on Getting Started with researching historical newspapers (non-Flash version available).
- Using Newspapers in historical research is directed at teachers in Alberta, but I found the short comments interesting.