The purpose of this blog is to is to help students develop strong research and analytical skills using primary resources in original and digital formats. It is the goal of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives to support the teaching and learning goals of students, faculty, and the broader scholarly community. The archives can serve as the laboratory to study original and digital materials and is a gateway to life learning. The “discovery method” is a primary feature of historical methods, which is based on the premise that students need guidance in locating, accessing, and analyzing primary sources. The resources listed on this blog are local in identity, however, the principles expressed are universal.