So you want to study history?! OK, here's how!
Table of Contents
- Why Study History
- Analyzing Primary Sources
- Proper Citations, Plagiarism, and Ethics
- Research and Writing
- Oral History
- Online Research Tools/Finding Aids
- Citation Forms for Print and Electronic Sources
- Professional Issues and Concerns
- Teaching History
- Public History: History in 3-D
- Grant Writing
- Job Hunting
Why Study History?
- Why Study History?" by Peter N. Stearns
- The Utility of Historical Perspective by Dr. Kenneth Pomeranz, President, American Historical Association, 2013.
- How your history course teaches what employers want
- A Degree in History: Your Ticket to the Unpredictable Future
- What is history and why should we care? A short intro to a big field
- Major historians explalin history
- Quotations on the Definition and Use of History
- Core Skillls of the History Discipline What are the essential skills of a student of history? [from the American Historical Association, 2013]
PROPERLY TRAINED HISTORY STUDENTS CAN:
- Engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis.
- Practice historical empathy.
- Understand the complex nature of the historical record.
- Generate significant, open-ended questions about the past and devise research strategies to answer them.
- Craft historical narrative and argument.
- Practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship.
Examine the link above for specifics and examples of these skills and expectations. "History is a set of evolving rules and tools that allows us to interpret the past with clarity, rigor, and an appreciation for interpretative debate. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberative stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, history is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible to multiple audiences. As a discipline, history entails a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge." [American Historical Assocation History Tuning Project]
and the Philosophy of World History
Analyzing Primary Sources
- Constructivism/IGL: Our Approach
Sense of Evidence History Matters
Study History Through Primary Sources ? [Adapted
from James Harvey Robinson, "The Historical point of
View", in Readings in European
History, Vol I, (Boston: Ginn, 1904), pp.1-13]
- Analyzing Historical Documents
a Historian --Plimonth Plantation
- Primary and Secondary Sources
on Historical Research Primary and Secondary Sources,
Ohio State University Library
Citation Formats for Print and Electronic Sources
University of Chicago or Turabian citation style
Manual of Style FAQs
University Press Citation Guide
Harnack and Eugene Kleppinger's Online: A Reference
Guide to Using Internet Sources
- Stet: UNC Press
Handbook for Authors
Electronic Information in History Papers by Maurice
Crousem, Department of History, The University of Memphis
Better Editor.org: Menu of many online citation guides
E-Documents Excerpts from International Standard
ISO 690-2, Information and documentation -- Bibliographic
references -- Part 2: Electronic documents or parts
- "History Matters" Reference
Desk: Citing Digital Resources / Copyright and Fair
Use Information / Evaluating Digital Resources / Standards-History
and Social Studies
Research and Writing
- The Five I's of Historical Research and Writing PDF/ 1. Inquire
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing
Historical Research [without getting hysterical]
HISTORICAL ESSAYS: A GUIDE FOR UNDERGRADUATES by Professors
Matt Matsuda and John Gillis Rutgers University
- How to Write a History Essay
Lavender's suggestions on historical thinking, research,
- The Qualities of Good Historical
Writing by Barzun and Graff
Writing and Researching for History by Patrick
in History Courses from "Writing in the Arts and
Sciences at Marquette: A Sampling of Advice from Faculty"
History Effectively by Dale L. Clifford
Sense of History: Some Components by Gerald W. Schlabach,
University of St. Thomas (Minn.)
Guidance on Historical Research and Writing
- Principles for Oral History and Best Practices for Oral History Oral History Association, Adopted October, 2009
- Web Guides to Doing Oral History
Oral History Interview Guide Downloadable as a 35-page PDF document
Online Research Tools/Finding Aids
Section, D. H. Hill Electronic Databases Page. Scroll
down the alphabetical list to locate databases of interest.
America: History and Life Bibliographical Database Yields
annotated bibliography of books and articles on US history and
culture, with coverage of US-Latin American relations, Latinos,
immigration, and border issues.
Historical Abstracts May also be accessed from America:
History and Life. Covers non-US history, including extensive
coverage of Latin America. Yields annotated bibliography of
good scholarly journals and books.
Bibliographical database of scholarly and popular articles published
since 1988. Do keyword searches.
Scholar's advanced search
Search Page Search for and access full texts of
- Doc Scribe's Guides
to Research Writing and Style A quick, simple guide
to many citation formats. Pick one and stick with it!
C's For Evaluating Internet Sources
University Library Tutorial on Using Archival and Manuscript
to NCSU Email List Services Using Majordomo 2
Proper Citations, Plagiarism and Ethics
to avoid plagiarism
Page by Sherman Dorn
Plagiarism and Anti-Plagiarism Rutgers University. Excellent
tips on how to identify e-plagiarism, such as papers copied
from the Internet
- Copyright and the Public Domain A very useful site from Cornell University
Fair Use Site Keyword searchable site with extensive
links and good, clear information.
Association of Research Libraries Copyright Links
Professional Issues and Concerns
- American Historical
wide range of online publications and information on all aspects
of the profession
Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct, American
Historical Association, approved by Professional
Division, December 9, 2004 and adopted by Council, January
- The Profession of History
- Shared Values of Historians
- History in the Public Realm
- Reputation and Trust
- Additional Guidance
- National Archives and Records
- Thinking about a doctoral program? Extensive
links and discussions to help you.
of American Historians "La Pietra" Report Why
and how to globalize US history-- a must read! Good
advise on thinking more broadly and intelligently about
Historical Scholarship Report of the American Historical
Association Ad Hoc Committee on Redefining Scholarly
Work December 1993
Speaking, a new online history newsletter from the
Historical Society that began publishing in 1999.
- Conference Alerts Looking
for professional conferences to attend or make a presentation?
- National Council
for History Education
Public History: History in 3-D
Historic Preservation Links
- Read Dr.
Slatta's brief definition of public history, as well
as other definitions.
History Graduate Program at NC State Click on "Links" for
access to many NC and national public history sites.
- Archives Made
Easy Worldwide links
- A list of museums worldwide
- American Association of
- American Association of State
and Local History
- National Council on Public
Repositories of Primary Sources Links to archives and special
- Society for History in the
a Successful Grant Proposal
- Non-Profit Guide to Grant
- Wall Street Journal
Career Journal Excellent tips on job hunting, resume
and cover letter writing, and other professional skills.
- US Bureau of
Labor: Public Historians
- "The Humanities at
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation publication, which
includes public history employment opportunities
- Public History Resource
Center Employment site and much more