The Information-Literate Historian / Edition 2

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The Information-Literate Historian is the only book specifically designed to teach today's history students how to successfully select and use sources-primary, secondary, and electronic-to carry out and present their research. Expanded and updated, the second edition of The Information-Literate Historian continues to be an indispensable reference for historians, students, and other readers doing history research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Information-Literate Historian is one of the most innovative guides to exploring traditional and non-traditional, electronic resources I've seen. Rather than make alterative and electronic sources an add-on, this book makes them the core of the exploration. At the same time, the author encourages students to read material fully and to use it, as she says, artfully. Guiding students to use parts of books or articles-and to mine sources-is hard to do, but Presnell excels at it."—Thomas Humphrey, Cleveland State University

"My students love this book. The author provides relevant, accessible, well-organized chapters on topics not covered effectively by most other research guides out there."—Christina M. Jimenez, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199926046
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 267,592
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny L. Presnell is a Humanites/Social Sciences Librarian at Miami University, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What it Means to Be a Historian

1. Historians and the Research Process: Getting Started
How Scholarly Information Is Communicated
What Historians Do and How They Do It
Practicing History in the Electronic Age: Tips for the Information-Literate Historian
Beginning Your Research
Where Do Viable and Interesting Topics Come From?
Developing a Question and Formulating an Argument
The Blueprint: Concept Maps, Storyboarding, and Outlines
Taking Notes
Creating Bibliographies and Documenting Sources
The Changing Nature of Historical Research and What Remains the Same
For Further Reading

2. Reference Resources
What Are Reference Resources and When Are They Useful?
How to Find Reference Resources
Types of Reference Resources
Multivolume General Histories
Bibliographical Resources
Dictionaries, Etymologies, and Word Origins
Book Reviews
Using the Internet as a Reference Resource
Case Study: Using Reference Resources to Understand Herodotus

3. Finding Monographs and Using Catalogs
What Is a Book?: The Changing Nature of Monographs
When Are Books the Right Choice for Information
How to Use a Book Artfully
Finding Monographs and Using Catalogs
Navigating a Library Portal/Finding the Catalog
Strategic Searching: Keyword vs. Subject Searching
Keyword Searching
Subject Searching
Alternative Searching: Faceted Catalogs and Limiting
How to Read an Online Catalog Record
Finding Monographs and Using Catalogs Outside of Your School
Sources for Catalogs
Where Else Can I Find Monographs?
Case Study: Finding and Using Monographs: The Spread of Islam in Western Africa

4. Finding Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers: Using Indexes
How to Read a Journal Article
What are Periodicals (or Journals or Magazines)?
Journals vs. Magazines
Commentary Periodicals
The Role of Newspapers in Secondary Historical Research
How to Find Articles: Designing a Search and Using and Index
Using an Online Database: Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life
Entering a Keyword Search in Historical Abstracts
What You Will Get: Looking at Your Results
Other Ways to Use an Online Index
Selecting Other Indexes
E-Journals and Electronic Collections of Journals
Case Study: Searching for Periodical Articles: Canton Trade System
Selected Historical Indexes
Selected Periodical Indexes of Use to Historians

5. Evaluating Your Sources
Why Evaluate Your Sources?
Basic Evaluation Criteria
How to Read and Evaluate a Book/Mongraphy or Journal
Perspective and Bias: Historians and Interpretation
Scholarship or Propaganda?
Case Study: Evaluating Sources: Holocaust Historians

6. The Thrill of Discovery: Primary Sources
Nature and Categories of Primary Sources
Planning Your Project with Primary Sources
Locating Primary Sources
Digitizing and Electronic Access to Primary Sources
Published Sources for Mass Consumption
Books as Primary Sources
Magazines and Journals as Primary Sources
Newspapers as Primary Sources
How to Read Bibliographic Entry in a Printed Newspaper Index
Unpublished Sources and Manuscripts
Catalogs, Bibliographies, Directories, and Indexes for Manuscripts
Directories to Archive Repositories
Documents from Governments and Other Official Bodies
Indexes and Bibliographies of Government Documents
Directories/Bibliographies for Government/Guides to Government Publications
Genealogy and Public Records
Guides for Genealogy and Public Records
Business Records
Oral History
Guide to Oral History Repositories
Material Culture: Buildings, Artifacts, and Objects
History before 1400: Ancient and Medieval Cultures and Those with Substantial Oral and Material Culture Traditions
Ancient History
Medieval European History
Using Bibliographies to Locate Primary Sources
Bibliographies Containing References to Primary Sources
Case Study: Finding Primary Sources: Tobacco through the Ages
For Further Reading
Bibliography of Advances Indexes to Published Primary Sources

7. History and the Internet
The Internet and Research
When Is the Internet Appropriate for Historical Research?
Using the Internet: The Basics
How Do I Access Websites on the Internet?
Search Directories
Search Engines
Meta-Search Engines
What Am I Missing? The Deep Web or Invisible Web
Special Search Techniques: Finding Primary Sources on the Internet
Searching for Primary Sources
Historians Communicating: Using H-Net for Information
Evaluation of Websites
General Websites
Evaluating Sites Concerned with Primary Sources
Case Study: Using the Internet: Japanese Americas and Internment Camps
For Further Reading

8. Maps: From Simple to Geographic Information Systems
Maps as Representations of Our World
A Short History of Maps and Cartography
Maps for Navigation and Commercial Use
Maps as Political Tools
Maps as Propaganda
Maps Marking Territory
Maps in War
Components of Modern Maps
Finding Maps
Categories of Historical Maps
Map Resources
How to Read a Map
Questions to Ask When Reading a Map
Planning Your Own Map: Simple to Complex
For Further Reading

9. Beyond the Written Word: Finding, Evaluation, and Using Images, Motion Pictures, and Audio
The Role of Media in Historical Research: Medial as Historical Evidence
Images Throughout History
Photography: Real Life Captured?
Art as Visual Media: Painting and Drawing
Moving Images: Newsreels. Documentaries, Motion Pictures, and Television Programs
Searching for Visual Media
Collections of Historical Images
Search Engines and Meta-Search Engines for Images and Indexes to Image Collections
Images on the Internet: Some Cautions
Scanning and Downloading Still Images
Common Image Files
Downloading Images
Scanning Images
Digital Video and Audio Files
Digital Video: Using Moving Images
Searching on the Web
Audio, Music, and Speech Resources
Searching for Audio Materials
For Further Reading

10. Statistics: Quantifying History
A Society of Statistics
A Short History of the Evolution of Statistical Collection and Analysis: What Can You Expect to Find?
Using Statistics: The Nature of Data, Simple to Complex
Categorizing Statistics: How They Are Collected and Organized
Economic Statistics
Social Statistics
Public Opinion and Consumer Preferences
Gleaning Statustics from Primary Sources
Finding Statistics
How to Think About the Sources
Search Strategies
Evaluating Statistics: Common Problems with Data Collection and Results
Data Problems: Signs that Something is Wrong
Data Sets: Doing Your Own Thing
Selected Resources
For Further Reading
Case Study: Contextualizing Statistics

11. Presenting Your Research: Traditional Research Paper, PowerPoint, or Website?
Creating a Research Paper
Writing Style
Formulating an Argument
Paper Construction
Ebb and Flow of Paragraphs
Oral, Slide, and Poster Presentation
Creating a Poster
Public Presenting
Websites for Historical Research
Historical and Scholarly Websites: Developing Frontier
Website Design: How to Begin
Preplanning: The Major Considerations
What Every Good Website Must Have
Writing Ext for the Web
Common Mistakes to Avoid on Websites
Case Study: A Student Paper: "Americans and the Bomb"
For Further Reading


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