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

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

by Anthony Brundage
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Brundage (history, California State Polytechnic U.) gives advice to undergraduate history students on how to locate and use primary and secondary sources of historical material. Although the core of the work discusses the location of research material and the research process itself, significant attention is paid to the topic of writing history once the sources are arrayed before you. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

"This book would be very useful for students at all levels of historical study from year 12 upwards.  As well as practical strategies for approaching historical and research methods, it also provides an interesting insight into what history is, and how the study of history is always evolving. I would consider it an essential addition to humanities collections."  (Reference Reviews, 1 March 2014)

“This manual provides excellent assistance for beginners and more advanced students engaged in the research and writing process in history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 October  2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118515327
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
457,098
File size:
1 MB

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

A clear, concise, and practical guide, introducing students to historical thinking and viable sources and helping them research and write—an excellent resource for majors and non-major alike.

--Nancy LoPatin-Lummis, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Anthony Brundage’s Going to the Sources is the best concise treatment of historical methodology I have seen, and I use it in the classroom with great effect. Well-chosen case studies, useful practical tips, and helpful writing samples guide the reader step by step toward a mastering of historical and historiographical research and writing

--Zuoyue Wang, History Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Meet the Author

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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