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

History Boot Camp

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Finding a Topic

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 12th:

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

Thursday, March 14th:

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

Homework: 20 citations related to your project in Chicago format (Notes-Bibliography style) will be due Tuesday, March 19th on Moodle. Bring at least 3 potential sources (books, articles) in hard copy to class on Tuesday, March 26th. 

Tuesday, March 26th:

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

Five annotated sources will be due March 31st on Moodle.

Tuesday, April 9th:

  • Organizing your resources
  • Determining the scholarly conversation

Final annotated bibliography (ten sources) due Thursday, April 18th on Moodle.

Reference Librarian

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Emily Witsell
Summer 2019 Office Hours: By Appointment Great Oaks Hall, Milliken

Your librarian

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Luke Meagher
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