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The information-literate historian : a guide to research for history students

Author: Jenny L Presnell
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2007.
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Suitable for history students, this premier guides them on how to do research to write a research paper, create a website, or do a PowerPoint presentation. It talks about how to do research on the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Einführung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Presnell, Jenny L.
Information-literate historian.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2007
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jenny L Presnell
ISBN: 9780195176520 0195176529 9780195176513 0195176510
OCLC Number: 64511082
Description: xiv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction : What it means to be a historian --
1. Historians and the research process : getting started. How scholarly information is communicated ; What historians do and how they do it ; Practicing history in the electronic age : tips for the information-literate historian ; Beginning your research ; Where do viable and interesting topics come from? ; Developing a question and formulating an argument ; Preliminary organization : the blueprint ; Taking notes ; Format for documenting sources ; The changing nature of historical research and what remains the same ; For further reading --
2. Reference resources. What are reference resources and when are they useful? ; How to find reference resources ; Types of reference resources ; Encyclopedias ; Bibliographies ; Multivolume general histories ; Biographical resources ; Chronologies ; Dictionaries, etymologies, and word origins ; Statistical resources ; Book reviews ; Directories ; Using the Internet as a reference resource ; Case study : using reference resources to understand Herodotus. 3. Finding monographs and using catalogs ; What is a book? : The changing nature of monographs ; When are books the right choice for information? ; How to use a book artfully ; Finding monographs and using catalogs ; Keyword vs. subject searching ; Keyword searching ; Subject searching ; How to read an online catalog record ; Finding monographs and using catalogs outside your school ; Sources for catalogs ; Where else can I find monographs? ; Case study : finding and using monographs : the spread of Islam in Western Africa --
4. Finding journals, magazines, and newspapers : using indexes ; Using a journal article artfully ; What are periodicals (or journals or magazines)? ; Journals cs. magazines ; Commentary periodicals ; The role of newspapers in secondary historical research ; How to find articles : designing a search and using an index ; Using an online database : Historical Abstracts and America : History and Life ; Entering a keyword search in Historical Abstracts ; What you will get : looking at your results ; Other ways to use an online index ; Selecting other indexes ; E-journals and electronic collections of journals ; Case study : searching for periodical articles : Canton Trade System ; Selected historical indexes ; Selected periodical indexes of use to historians --
5. Evaluating your sources. Why evaluate your sources? ; Basic evaluation criteria ; Perspective and bias : historians and interpretation ; Scholarship or propaganda? ; Case study : evaluating sources : Holocaust historians. 6. The thrill of discovery : primary sources. Definitions ; Nature and categories of primary sources ; Planning your project with primary sources ; Locating primary sources ; Published sources for mass consumption ; Books as primary sources ; Magazines and journals as primary sources ; Newspapers as primary sources ; How to read a bibliographic entry in a printed newspaper index ; Unpublished sources and manuscripts ; Catalogs, bibliographies, directories, and indexes for manuscripts ; Directories to archive repositories ; Documents from government and other official bodies ; Indexes and bibliographies of government documents ; Directories/bibliographies for governments/guides to government publications ; Public records and genealogical sources ; Guides to public records ; Business records ; Directories ; Oral history ; Guides to oral history repositories ; Media and audiovisual ; History before 1400 : ancient and medieval cultures and those with substantial oral and material culture traditions ; Ancient history ; Medieval European history ; Using bibliographies to locate primary resources ; Bibliographies containing references to primary sources ; Evaluation ; Case study : finding primary sources : tobacco through the ages ; For further reading ; Bibliography of advanced indexes to published primary sources. 7. History and the Internet. The Internet and research ; When is the Internet appropriate for historical research? ; Using the Internet : the basics ; How do I access websites on the Internet ; Search directories ; Search engines ; Meta-search engines ; What am I missing? The deep web or the invisible web ; Special search techniques : finding primary sources on the Internet ; Searching for primary sources ; Historians communicating : using H-Net for information ; Evaluation of websites ; General websites ; Evaluating sites concerned with primary sources ; Case study : using the Internet : Japanese Americans and internment camps ; For further reading --
8. Maps : from simple to geographic information systems. Maps as representations of our world ; A short history of maps and cartography ; Maps for navigation and commercial use ; Maps as political tools ; Maps as propaganda ; Maps marking territory ; Maps in war ; Components on modern maps ; Finding maps ; Map resources ; Gazetteers. 9. Beyond the written word : finding, evaluating, and using images, motion pictures, and audio. The role of media in historical research : media as historical evidence ; Images throughout history ; Photography : real life captured? ; Art as visual media : painting and drawing ; Motion pictures and television ; Searching for visual media ; Collections of historic images ; Search engines and meta-search engines for images and indexes to image collections ; Images on the Internet : some cautions ; Scanning and downloading still images ; Common image files ; Downloading images ; Scanning images ; Image types ; Organizing still images on your website ; Digital video and audio files ; Digital video : using moving images ; Searching on the Web ; Audio, music, and speech resources ; Questions to ask about speeches ; Searching for audio materials ; Copyright ; For further reading --
10. Presenting your research : traditional research paper, PowerPoint, or website? Creating a research paper ; Writing style ; Oral presentations and PowerPoint ; Websites for historical research ; Historical and scholarly websites : a developing frontier ; Website design : how to begin ; Preplanning : the major considerations ; Navigation ; What every good website must have ; Writing for the web ; Common mistakes to avoid on websites ; Case study : a student-constructed website : Freedmen's Bureau ; For further reading --
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