Skip to main content

HIST 260: Historiography and Research Methods (Dr. Byrnes and Dr. Whisnant): History Boot Camp

Library Component of History 260

The Library section of History 260 is designed to give History students an overview of the research process.  During the sessions covering the use of the Library and information resources, we will discuss print and online sources to locate books and articles as part of a systematic research strategy.  We will also discuss how to evaluate sources and how to use some of these sources for your Historiographic Essay.  The end product of these sessions will be an Annotated Bibliography of sources you have explored for your Historiographic Essay.

Class Schedule

Tuesday, March 6th (Whisnant):

  • Introduction
  • Finding sources using OneSearch
  • Choosing a citation manager
  • Chicago style citations

Homework: 20 citations related to your project in Chicago format (Notes-Bibliography style) will be due March 15th on Moodle. Bring at least 3 potential sources (books, articles) in hard copy to class on Thursday, March 15th.

Thursday, March 8th (Byrnes) or Thursday, March 15th (Whisnant):

  • Advanced search techniques
  • Databases for history
  • Getting materials from other libraries using Pascal and Interlibrary Loan.

Five annotated sources will be due March 23rd (Byrnes) or March 28th (Whisnant) on Moodle.

Thursday, March 22nd (Byrnes) or Tuesday March 27th (Whisnant):

  • Determining scholarly authority: what does it mean to be a historian? How is scholarship published in history?
  • How to write annotations
  • Determining the scholarly conversation

Tuesday, April 10th (Whisnant) or Thursday April 12th (Byrnes):

  • Organizing your resources
  • Determining the scholarly conversation

Final annotated bibliography (ten sources) due Thursday April 19th (Whisnant) and TBD (Byrnes) on Moodle.

Reference Librarian

Emily Witsell's picture
Emily Witsell
January Office Hours: By Appointment


Luke Meagher's picture
Luke Meagher
"One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
(864) 597 - 4327