Empower your students

AM Research Methods provides the practical tools students need to understand and interact with primary sources.

The learning portal can be used in classroom-based and online teaching, as well as for independent study. Explore methods using relevant source material and introduce concepts that underpin research in the humanities and social sciences.

Introducing AM Research Methods

Developed in partnership with SAGE, AM Research Methods is a new platform designed to develop students' primary source literacy and critical thinking skills. 

Research Methods: Foundations

The Foundations module introduces key approaches and methodologies of working with source material. With practical advice and instruction from experts around the world, it provides foundational guidance on where students can find historical documents, the questions they might want to post and how best to conduct their own research and analysis of materials.

Interrogating Colonial Documents and Narratives

This new AM Research Methods module (coming soon) provides practical guidance for students re-examining primary sources and de-centring dominant narratives. Thematic tools and guides will support digital learning and critical approaches to colonial sources with a focus on reading against the grain, interpreting archival silences and uncovering marginalised voices and perspectives.

Learning tools

Peer-reviewed essays, how-to guides and video interviews share the core principles and practices for understanding and using primary sources, from how to critically evaluate a source to using digital tools.

Case studies

Over 140 case studies based on digitised sources demonstrate how to analyse, approach and interact with primary source material. Learn how subject experts work with specific types of sources.

Practice sources

Hundreds of primary sources, drawn from AM’s archival partners across the globe. This diverse set of historical documents enables students to put their primary source literacy skills into practice.

Data sets

These present example cases for working with data in history from the presentation of a data set to understanding how to interrogate, interpret and use the data within.