Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing, 4th Edition / Edition 4

Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing, 4th Edition / Edition 4

by Anthony Brundage
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0882952536

ISBN-13: 2900882952535

Pub. Date: 12/30/2007

Publisher: Wiley

The Fourth Edition of our highly affordable and convenient text remains an excellent tool for students faced with the daunting task of writing their first research paper or historiographical essay. The book begins with a chapter that describes the different schools of thought of history, setting the stage for a discussion of the different types of historical

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The Fourth Edition of our highly affordable and convenient text remains an excellent tool for students faced with the daunting task of writing their first research paper or historiographical essay. The book begins with a chapter that describes the different schools of thought of history, setting the stage for a discussion of the different types of historical sources and the organization of the historical profession. Then Going to the Sources becomes a hands-on manual, helping the reader identify, find, and evaluate the many sources available to researchers. In addition to enhanced coverage of technological tools, this fourth edition features an entirely new chapter, "Getting the Most Out of History Books," practical advice to help students read more critically. New and updated appendices provide easy examples of style for footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographical entries, as well as a list of commonly used abbreviations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900882952535
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/30/2007
Edition description:
4
Pages:
141

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1. The Ever-Changing Shape and Texture of the Past 1

Static and Dynamic Concepts of History 1

Revising Our View of the Past 3

New Forms of Historical Consciousness 5

Toward a “People’s History” 6

Minorities and Women Enter History 8

The Annales School and Cliometrics 10

Psychology and History 13

Microhistory and Macrohistory 14

Postmodernism 15

A Multitude of Avenues to the Past 17

Chapter 2. The Nature and Variety of Historical Sources 19

Primary Sources 19

Manuscript Sources 20

Published Sources 20

Secondary Works 24

Books 24

Essays 27

Articles 27

Dissertations and Conference Papers 30

Chapter 3. Finding Your Sources: The Library Catalog and Beyond 33

The Online Library Catalog 35

Subject Headings, Keywords, and Title Words 36

Creating and Using a Research Bibliography 40

Published Bibliographies 42

Printed and Electronic Indexes and Abstracts 45

Finding Scholarly Essays 50

Other Important Databases 51

Historical Research on the Internet 53

Finding Useful Reference Materials 54

Chapter 4. Getting the Most Out of History Books: Critical Reading and Assessment 57

The Need for More Effective Reading 57

Finding Out About Authors 59

Comparing Similar Works of History 61

Reviewing a History Book 69

Chapter 5. Exploring Changing Interpretations: The Historiographic Essay 71

Selecting and Refining a Topic 71

Research for a Historiographic Essay: A Case Study 73

Writing the Historiographic Essay 77

Alternative Approaches 94

Chapter 6. Engaging with Primary Sources: The Research Paper 95

Searching for a Viable Topic 95

Finding Primary Sources 97

Approaching Your Reading 99

Notetaking 100

The Outline and Structure of Your Paper 104

Some Elements of Effective Writing 105

An Open Mind and Intellectual Honesty 108

Quoting 110

Footnoting 112

Editing and Revising 114

One Final Look 117

Chapter 7. Conclusion: The Open-Ended Nature of History 118

Appendix A. Published Bibliographies 123

Appendix B. Major Databases for Bibliographic Searching 125

Appendix C. Footnote/ Endnote Formatting 126

Appendix D. Bibliography Formatting 131

Appendix E. Commonly Used Abbreviations 135

Suggestions for Further Reading 137

Index 139

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