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HIST 360: Old Regime Europe and the French Revolution: HOME

Finding a Topic

Research tips

Macro Research Tips:

"Iterate" - "perform or utter repeatedly." Modify and repeat searches until you find what you want. Determine optimal search settings.

"Terminology" - Determine if there is specialized terminology or vocabulary for your topic. What's the "insider language"? Consider potential variations on the terms you use to search; think about synonyms.

"Like begets like" - "Mine" citations: a work on your topic may cite other works on your topic.

 

Micro Research Tips a.k.a search mechanics: 

Group search strings with quotation marks. It's possible to use multiple groups. 

  •  "Two words" "Three word concept" "FirstName LastName"

Use filters and linkages to narrow or focus results

  • Date ranges, indexed subjects

Search inside an electronic source

  • Use "Control+F" or "Command+F" or a "search within source" function

Library session

AGENDA - 9/23/2020 or 194 days S.C. (since COVID-19) 9:30AM

"Research methods and scholarly authority" or "Choosing good sources"

1. What is history research methodology or the historical method? How do historians do history? How will you?

This is interesting. 

And here's a whole book about it.

2. How do you determine scholarly authority? What makes a source a good one?

 

(3. Finding sources by various means)

Assessing an author's credentials

Many interesting and knowledgeable sources will not work for this project.  Sources should be:

• Written by an historian (PhD or equivalent). If your author is NOT a historian, you must include a justification for why this source is appropriate for a discussion of a historical debate.

• At least 10 years after relevant events (20 years is even better)

• Contain lengthy footnotes and/or bibliography

• A secondary source, not a primary source (no first hand accounts, memoirs, diaries, letters)

• No reference books like dictionaries or encyclopedias

Use these very sparingly:

  • Multiple works by the same historian
  • Popular histories written for a general audience
  • Works in related disciplines (i.e., political science, sociology)
  • Textbooks, surveys, or popular biographies

Reference Librarian

Luke Meagher's picture
Luke Meagher

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X

Contact:
Sandor Teszler Library
Room 214
(864) 597 - 4327

Your librarian

Luke Meagher's picture
Luke Meagher

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X

Contact:
Sandor Teszler Library
Room 214
(864) 597 - 4327