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Learn what to ask before, during, and after the research process. Discover search strategies, how to evaluate sources and their authors, and which sources are appropriate for specific research questions. Learn how historians practice their craft and the nature of historical discourse and narrative. Includes methods for finding, using, and evaluating such images, speeches, and maps . Features guidelines for presenting historical research in different formats, including papers, oral presentations, and websites.
Presents narratives that demystify and illuminate the research process by showing how personal experiences, family history, and scholarly research intersect. Supplements traditional-method textbooks and effectively models concrete practices of retrieving and synthesizing information by professional researchers.
One of the most widely used and highly regarded textbooks ever published in the field, Yow's updated edition now includes new material on using the internet, an examination of the interactions between oral history and memory processes, and analysis of testimony and the interpretation of meanings in different contexts. It will interest researchers and students in a wide variety of disciplines.
Selected Contents: Introduction: History as FunPart I. The Craft of History1. The Past2. Story3. History4. Metahistory5. Antihistory6. The Present7. The FuturePart II. The Tools of History8. Doing History: An Overview9. Sources and Evidence10. Credit and Acknowledgment11. Narrative and Explanation12. Interpretation13. Speculation14. Everyday History
An ideal accessory in any history course that requires writing, stressing thinking and writing like a historian.This engaging and practical little text helps the readers get beyond merely compiling dates and facts; it teaches them how to incorporate their own ideas into their papers and to tell a story about history that interests them and their peers. Covering both brief essays and the documented resource paper, this book explores the writing and researching processes, different modes of historical writing including argument and concludes with guidelines for improving style.For any one who will need to write about history.