Historical Research: A Guide for Writers of Dissertations, Theses, Articles and Books / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record.Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book, Historical Research deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result.

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A guide to research methods for the writing of history papers, dissertations, articles, and books. A twin focus on research methods and stylistic conventions is provided. The guide proceeds in a step- by-step fashion from the selection of a topic to the completion of a typescript. The range of source material is surveyed and footnote and bibliographical citations are covered. New possibilities provided by computers for research, analysis, and presentation of information are discussed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582294592
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

W. H. McDowell is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh

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Table of Contents

PART 1: THE STUDY OF HISTORY. The nature and value of history. History and the social sciences. History and the natural sciences. PART 2: RESEARCH METHODS. Research tools. Historical sources. Planning a research project. Locating and indexing source material. Evaluating source material. Research notes. Illustrate material.
Research for a higher degree. Publication of article and books. PART 3: STYLISTIC CONVENTIONS. Abbreviations, numbers and punctuation. Typescript format. Footnote and bibliography references. Proofreading. Indexing

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