The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students / Edition 1

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students / Edition 1

by Jenny L. Presnell
     
 


In the past, historians could rely on their basic understanding of bibliographic tools to do effective research, as resources were primarily available in print, on microform, or at a library. Today, the information explosion resulting from access to the Internet has complicated traditional research methods by heightening expectations and raising new questions… See more details below

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In the past, historians could rely on their basic understanding of bibliographic tools to do effective research, as resources were primarily available in print, on microform, or at a library. Today, the information explosion resulting from access to the Internet has complicated traditional research methods by heightening expectations and raising new questions about retrieving, using, and presenting information.
The Information-Literate Historian is the only book specifically designed to teach today's history student how to most successfully select and use sources--primary, secondary, and electronic--to carry out and present their research. The book discusses:
* questions to ask before, during, and after the research process, as well as questions to ask about sources and their authors
* search strategies that can be used in both electronic and print indexes
* the various types of sources that are appropriate for specific research questions
* how to find and use books, journals, and primary sources quickly and efficiently, and how to select the best ones for a particular topic
* the ways in which historians practice their craft and the nature of historical discourse and narrative
* methods for finding, using, and evaluating such media as images, speeches, and maps
* guidelines for presenting historical research in different formats, including papers, oral presentations, and websites
Written by a college librarian, The Information-Literate Historian is an indispensable reference for historians, students, and other readers doing history research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195176513
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What It Means to Be a Historian: Historical Research Skills for the 21st Century Student

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