If you are unfamiliar with your subject area, it will be very helpful to begin with a source that summarizes the main events and also describes the historical context.
Historical research involves the use of primary and secondary sources.
A PRIMARY SOURCE is a first hand account, report or original data on or about an event. These sources are often created at or near the time of event. Examples may include:
A SECONDAY SOURCE is a second-hand account or interpretation, opinion or analysis of an event. Good secondary sources are based on the interpretation of a wide variety of primary sources. Examples may include: