Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 12, 2013 - History - 150 pages
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The updated fifth edition of Going to the Sources presents a practical guide to historical research and writing for all students of history.

  • Focuses on the basics of historians’ craft, introducing students to concepts including refining a topic, selecting sources, and engaging critically with their reading
  • Appendices illustrate style for footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographical entries, as well as a list of commonly used abbreviations
  • Features a new chapter on the use of non-textual sources for historians, including a case study discussion of the historical importance of D. W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation
  • Addresses how to bring the critical assessment skills of reading to bear on film and other non-textual sources
  • Includes a student-written historiographical essay, with marginal notes for instruction

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User Review  - TLCrawford - LibraryThing

Dr. Anthony Brundage earned his PhD from UCLA in 1970 and his popular historiography, “Going to the sources : a guide to historical research and writing “ was first published in 1989. This new 4th ... Read full review

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Brundage's book is not nearly as detailed as Presnell's - however, its written from a far more approachable perspective. Where Presnell gets overly technical, Brundage writes from a down-to-earth ... Read full review


The Nature and Variety of Historical Sources
Getting the Most Out of History Books
Beyond Textual Sources
Exploring Changing Interpretations
Engaging With Primary Sources
Suggestions for Further Reading

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Anthony Brundage is Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His publications include The Great Tradition: Constitutional History and National Identity in Britain and the United States, 1870-1960 (2007).

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