Welcome to the HIS 401: Historical Research and Writing library guide. This guide will assist you in conducting research for you research project. If you have any questions or need assistance, reach out to librarian Alexis Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office in McGovern 113.
Research in history involves developing an understanding of the past through the examination and interpretation of evidence. Evidence may exist in the form of texts, physical remains of historic sites, recorded data, pictures, maps, artifacts, and so on. The historian’s job is to find evidence, analyze its content and biases, corroborate it with further evidence, and use that evidence to develop an interpretation of past events that holds some significance for the present.
Historians use libraries to:
Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age, Fifth Edition, by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister, Bedford/St. Martin, 2010
Historical research relies on a wide variety of sources, both primary and secondary including unpublished material.
This guide was created for Dr. Sean Flynn's HIS 401: Historical Research and Writing class, Spring 2021.
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