The Information-Literate Historian

Paperback | August 3, 2012

byJenny L. Presnell

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The Information-Literate Historian is the only book specifically designed to teach today's history students how to successfully select and use sources-primary, secondary, and electronic-to carry out and present their research. Expanded and updated, the second edition of TheInformation-Literate Historian continues to be an indispensable reference for historians, students, and other readers doing history research.

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The Information-Literate Historian is the only book specifically designed to teach today's history students how to successfully select and use sources-primary, secondary, and electronic-to carry out and present their research. Expanded and updated, the second edition of TheInformation-Literate Historian continues to be an indispensable...

Jenny L. Presnell is a Humanites/Social Sciences Librarian at Miami University, Ohio.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199926042

ISBN - 13:9780199926046

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PrefaceIntroductionWhat it Means to Be a Historian1. Historians and the Research Process: Getting StartedHow Scholarly Information Is CommunicatedWhat Historians Do and How They Do ItPracticing History in the Electronic Age: Tips for the Information-Literate HistorianBeginning Your ResearchWhere Do Viable and Interesting Topics Come From?Developing a Question and Formulating an ArgumentThe Blueprint: Concept Maps, Storyboarding, and OutlinesTaking NotesCreating Bibliographies and Documenting SourcesThe Changing Nature of Historical Research and What Remains the SameFor Further Reading2. Reference ResourcesWhat Are Reference Resources and When Are They Useful?How to Find Reference ResourcesTypes of Reference ResourcesEncyclopediasBibliographiesMultivolume General HistoriesBibliographical ResourcesChronologiesDictionaries, Etymologies, and Word OriginsBook ReviewsDirectoriesUsing the Internet as a Reference ResourceCase Study: Using Reference Resources to Understand Herodotus3. Finding Monographs and Using CatalogsWhat Is a Book?: The Changing Nature of MonographsWhen Are Books the Right Choice for InformationHow to Use a Book ArtfullyFinding Monographs and Using CatalogsNavigating a Library Portal/Finding the CatalogStrategic Searching: Keyword vs. Subject SearchingKeyword SearchingSubject SearchingAlternative Searching: Faceted Catalogs and LimitingHow to Read an Online Catalog RecordFinding Monographs and Using Catalogs Outside of Your SchoolSources for CatalogsWhere Else Can I Find Monographs?Case Study: Finding and Using Monographs: The Spread of Islam in Western Africa4. Finding Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers: Using IndexesHow to Read a Journal ArticleWhat are Periodicals (or Journals or Magazines)?Journals vs. MagazinesCommentary PeriodicalsThe Role of Newspapers in Secondary Historical ResearchHow to Find Articles: Designing a Search and Using and IndexUsing an Online Database: Historical Abstracts and America: History and LifeEntering a Keyword Search in Historical AbstractsWhat You Will Get: Looking at Your ResultsOther Ways to Use an Online IndexSelecting Other IndexesE-Journals and Electronic Collections of JournalsCase Study: Searching for Periodical Articles: Canton Trade SystemSelected Historical IndexesSelected Periodical Indexes of Use to Historians5. Evaluating Your SourcesWhy Evaluate Your Sources?Basic Evaluation CriteriaHow to Read and Evaluate a Book/Mongraphy or JournalPerspective and Bias: Historians and InterpretationScholarship or Propaganda?Case Study: Evaluating Sources: Holocaust Historians6. The Thrill of Discovery: Primary SourcesDefinitionsNature and Categories of Primary SourcesPlanning Your Project with Primary SourcesLocating Primary SourcesDigitizing and Electronic Access to Primary SourcesPublished Sources for Mass ConsumptionBooks as Primary SourcesMagazines and Journals as Primary SourcesNewspapers as Primary SourcesHow to Read Bibliographic Entry in a Printed Newspaper IndexUnpublished Sources and ManuscriptsCatalogs, Bibliographies, Directories, and Indexes for ManuscriptsDirectories to Archive RepositoriesDocuments from Governments and Other Official BodiesIndexes and Bibliographies of Government DocumentsDirectories/Bibliographies for Government/Guides to Government PublicationsGenealogy and Public RecordsGuides for Genealogy and Public RecordsBusiness RecordsDirectoriesOral HistoryGuide to Oral History RepositoriesMaterial Culture: Buildings, Artifacts, and ObjectsHistory before 1400: Ancient and Medieval Cultures and Those with Substantial Oral and Material Culture TraditionsAncient HistoryMedieval European HistoryUsing Bibliographies to Locate Primary SourcesBibliographies Containing References to Primary SourcesEvaluationCase Study: Finding Primary Sources: Tobacco through the AgesFor Further ReadingBibliography of Advances Indexes to Published Primary Sources7. History and the InternetThe Internet and ResearchWhen Is the Internet Appropriate for Historical Research?Using the Internet: The BasicsHow Do I Access Websites on the Internet?Search DirectoriesSearch EnginesMeta-Search EnginesWhat Am I Missing? The Deep Web or Invisible WebSpecial Search Techniques: Finding Primary Sources on the InternetSearching for Primary SourcesHistorians Communicating: Using H-Net for InformationEvaluation of WebsitesGeneral WebsitesEvaluating Sites Concerned with Primary SourcesCase Study: Using the Internet: Japanese Americas and Internment CampsFor Further Reading8. Maps: From Simple to Geographic Information SystemsMaps as Representations of Our WorldA Short History of Maps and CartographyMaps for Navigation and Commercial UseMaps as Political ToolsMaps as PropagandaMaps Marking TerritoryMaps in WarComponents of Modern MapsFinding MapsCategories of Historical MapsMap ResourcesGazetteersHow to Read a MapQuestions to Ask When Reading a MapPlanning Your Own Map: Simple to ComplexFor Further Reading9. Beyond the Written Word: Finding, Evaluation, and Using Images, Motion Pictures, and AudioThe Role of Media in Historical Research: Medial as Historical EvidenceImages Throughout HistoryPhotography: Real Life Captured?Art as Visual Media: Painting and DrawingMoving Images: Newsreels. Documentaries, Motion Pictures, and Television ProgramsSearching for Visual MediaCollections of Historical ImagesSearch Engines and Meta-Search Engines for Images and Indexes to Image CollectionsImages on the Internet: Some CautionsScanning and Downloading Still ImagesCommon Image FilesDownloading ImagesScanning ImagesDigital Video and Audio FilesDigital Video: Using Moving ImagesSearching on the WebAudio, Music, and Speech ResourcesSearching for Audio MaterialsCopyrightFor Further Reading10. Statistics: Quantifying HistoryA Society of StatisticsA Short History of the Evolution of Statistical Collection and Analysis: What Can You Expect to Find?Using Statistics: The Nature of Data, Simple to ComplexCategorizing Statistics: How They Are Collected and OrganizedEconomic StatisticsSocial StatisticsPublic Opinion and Consumer PreferencesGleaning Statustics from Primary SourcesFinding StatisticsHow to Think About the SourcesSearch StrategiesEvaluating Statistics: Common Problems with Data Collection and ResultsData Problems: Signs that Something is WrongData Sets: Doing Your Own ThingSelected ResourcesFor Further ReadingCase Study: Contextualizing Statistics11. Presenting Your Research: Traditional Research Paper, PowerPoint, or Website?Creating a Research PaperWriting StyleFormulating an ArgumentPaper ConstructionEbb and Flow of ParagraphsOral, Slide, and Poster PresentationCreating a PosterPublic PresentingWebsites for Historical ResearchHistorical and Scholarly Websites: Developing FrontierWebsite Design: How to BeginPreplanning: The Major ConsiderationsNavigationWhat Every Good Website Must HaveWriting Ext for the WebCommon Mistakes to Avoid on WebsitesCase Study: A Student Paper: "Americans and the Bomb"For Further ReadingIndex