Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing [NOOK Book]

Overview

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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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)
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"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118515327
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 812,873
  • File size: 1,010 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Brundage is Professor of History Emeritus at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London. A specialist in modern Britain, he has also taught United States History, Irish History, History Methods, History and Historians, and Senior Thesis. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews as well as six books, the most recent of which (co-authored with Richard Cosgrove) is The Great Tradition: Constitutional History and National Identity in Britain and the United States, 1870-1960 (2007). His avocations include running, hiking, travel, art, music, drama, and film.

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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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