Going to the sources : a guide to historical research and writing /
Anthony Brundage.
4th ed.
Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, 2008.
xiii, 141 p. ; 22 cm.
0882952536 (pbk.), 9780882952536 (alk. paper)
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Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, 2008.
0882952536 (pbk.)
9780882952536 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
Brundage (history, California State Polytechnic Univ.--Pomona), hoping to foster excitement for history, structures this edition (2nd ed., 1997) around history as a dynamic, open-ended process. Six chapters cover historiography, organization of the profession, how to locate sources, methods of writing, and the open-ended nature of history. After discussing the nature of research using primary sources (both published materials and manuscripts) and secondary works such as books, periodicals, or dissertations, Brundage provides examples of how to look for information and gives advice about note taking and creating footnotes and a bibliography. He includes an essay by one of his students to illustrate the writing and revision process. Several appendixes provide lists of databases and bibliographies, footnote and bibliography formats, commonly used abbreviations, and suggestions for further reading. Covering both online and paper-based methods for note taking and research, this is a unique book on writing and research in history. Highly recommended. D. D. Siles formerly, Elmhurst College
Bowker Data Service Summary
Brundage has revised his popular book to render an even more detailed, practical and 'user friendly' tool for students faced with the researching and writing of a research paper or historiographical essay.
Main Description
The Fourth Edition of our highly affordable and convenient text remains an excellent tool for students faced with the daunting task of writing their first research paper or historiographical essay. The book begins with a chapter that describes the different schools of thought of history, setting the stage for a discussion of the different types of historical sources and the organization of the historical profession. Then Going to the Sources becomes a hands-on manual, helping the reader identify, find, and evaluate the many sources available to researchers. In addition to enhanced coverage of technological tools, this fourth edition features an entirely new chapter, "Getting the Most Out of History Books," practical advice to help students read more critically. New and updated appendices provide easy examples of style for footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographical entries, as well as a list of commonly used abbreviations.
Table of Contents
The ever-changing shape and texture of the past
The nature and variety of historical sources
Finding your sources: the library catalog and beyond
Getting the most out of history books: critical reading and assessment
Exploring changing interpretations: the historiographic essay
Engaging with primary sources: the research paper
Conclusion: The open-ended nature of history
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