The Information-literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - History - 242 pages
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In the past, historians could rely on their basic understanding of bibliographic tools to do effective research, as resources were primarily available in print, on microform, or at a library. Today, the information explosion resulting from access to the Internet has complicated traditional research methods by heightening expectations and raising new questions about retrieving, using, and presenting information.
The Information-Literate Historian is the only book specifically designed to teach today's history student how to most successfully select and use sources--primary, secondary, and electronic--to carry out and present their research. The book discusses:
* questions to ask before, during, and after the research process, as well as questions to ask about sources and their authors
* search strategies that can be used in both electronic and print indexes
* the various types of sources that are appropriate for specific research questions
* how to find and use books, journals, and primary sources quickly and efficiently, and how to select the best ones for a particular topic
* the ways in which historians practice their craft and the nature of historical discourse and narrative
* methods for finding, using, and evaluating such media as images, speeches, and maps
* guidelines for presenting historical research in different formats, including papers, oral presentations, and websites
Written by a college librarian, The Information-Literate Historian is an indispensable reference for historians, students, and other readers doing history research.

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User Review  - TommyElf - LibraryThing

Presnell's book is quite informative - particularly on the usage and critique of source materials. I can definitely see a need for a review of her methods by Tea Party whackos with some of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

This is a useful tool for anyone doing historical research and writing. Discusses primary and secondary sources, taking notes, and gives many resources to expand searches. A discussion about online ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Jenny L. Presnell is at Miami University of Ohio.

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