Category Archives: teaching & learning

Why prioritize books published by a university press?

**This post is part of a series on identifying secondary sources, including Tips on Locating Secondary Sources and The Seed of a Good Bibliography and Why you should think twice before you read a book that’s more than 25 years … Continue reading

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Historical Research Overview

Original historical research is based on the practice of primary-source driven inquiry. This approach is likely different from other kinds of research you have done. In this type of research, it is very important to distinguish among the kinds of … Continue reading

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The Seed of a Good Bibliography

**This post is part of a series on identifying secondary sources, including Tips on Locating Secondary Sources and Why prioritize books published by a university press? and Why you should think twice before you read a book that’s more than 25 … Continue reading

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Why I Never Ask for a Draft Thesis Statement

This post is mostly for undergraduates, but also relevant for graduate students and those who teach writing & historical research. Others, read at your own risk! I enjoy teaching history research and writing and, over the years, I’ve developed a … Continue reading

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Why you should think twice before you read a book that’s more than 25 years old…

Please note that this advice is fight-picking advice. My senior colleagues–especially the self-described curmudgeon who thinks that all historical scholarship has gone downhill since 1968–will most certainly disagree with what I have to say here. We will agree to disagree, … Continue reading

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Tips on locating PRIMARY SOURCES

**This post is part of a series on conducting primary source driven historical research. I recommend starting with Historical Research Overview. You can also read posts on building secondary source bibliographies including Tips on Locating Secondary Sources and The Seed … Continue reading

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Tips on locating SECONDARY SOURCES

**This post is part of a series on identifying secondary sources, including Why prioritize books published by a university press? and The Seed of a Good Bibliography and Why you should think twice before you read a book that’s more … Continue reading

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