Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - History - 239 pages
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In today s world of modern research methods, the irony is that even though more materials are readily available now than ever before, this proliferation of sources has actually made the process more difficult for the novice researcher. In addition, today s professors expect high-quality sources to be used in students undergraduate research precisely because so much information is available; however, without instruction, many students are not even aware of the standard history sources that they should be using routinely for history research projects. Finding History is a practical and modern guide to research for history projects, helping to sort through the available resources and technology for students, scholars, and librarians. Finding History includes practical, step-by-step instructions for discovering historical evidence using library catalogs, databases, and websites. It simplifies and clarifies the research process so that students new to the experience may locate appropriate research material with the same skill as seasoned historians. This book addresses the information literacy skills defined by the American Library Association and the American Historical Association, which include .recognizing the need for scholarly historical information; .defining and identifying the need for primary, secondary, and tertiary sources; .knowing what finding tools are available to help locate historical sources; .using history research tools efficiently and effectively; .learning research vocabulary as well as the vocabulary of the historical profession; .making evaluative judgments about the scholarly value of materials once they are located; .physically acquiring research materials; .using research material effectively to support a thesis or argument; and .using research material ethically and responsibly. Including search samples and tables, Finding History is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to ensure their research draws from the best available sources and those needing instruction in locating, obtaining, evaluating, and using scholarly sources efficiently, directly, and ethically."

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Ch01 Introduction to Historical Research
Ch02 Getting Started
Ch03 Overview of Historical Information
Ch04 Tertiary Sources
Ch05 Secondary Sources
Ch06 Primary Sources
Ch07 Search Tricks
Ch08 Case Study
Appendix A Bibliographies
Appendix B Notes
Appendix C Academic Presses and Scholarly Journals for Historians
Appendix D How to Tell the Difference between an Online Article and a Website
Appendix E How to Scan Secondary Sources for Content
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Christine Bombaro is associate director for Information Literacy and Research Services for the Waidner-Spahr Library at Dickinson College. Her previous work on research pedagogy has been featured in such journals as The History Teacher and References Services Review, as well as in books such as Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors and The Role of the Library in the First College Year.

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