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General History: Research and Writing

Research Assignments

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

  Guide from Skidmore University

Writing a Literature Review

  Guide from Univ. of St. Thomas, Minnesota 

Purdue Online Writing Lab

  Excellent guide to the research and writing process, academic writing, common assignments, grammar, citations, ESL, plagiarism, and many practical applications.    

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students

 Link to pdf of entire guide is found at the bottom of the list of Contents.  Credit: Patrick Rael, Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for
College Students
(Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College, 2004).

The Historian's Toolbox: Skills for History Majors

  A tutorial with quizes.  From California State University. 

Reference Guides to History

Online Guides to Research Sources in History

         Guide to Historical Literature  (American Historical Association)

         The major guide to the best work in the discipline.  Around 27,000 annotated citations in 48 sections, the citations refer primarily to English language works published between 1961 and 1992.  While somewhat dated, the sources highlight key issues in history and enable study of "the major alternative interpretations represented in scholarly debate." A very selective work, the Guide is organized by region, country, and chronology, with an index and cross references leading to works that cover different times and places.

       Older editions are still valuable:            

American Historical Association

Guide to Historical Literature

1st ed.,1931


Howe, George F.

Guide to Historical Literature,

2nd ed., 1961


Norton, Mary Beth and Pamela Gerardi

Guide to Historical Literature

3rd ed., vol. 1, 1995


Norton, Mary Beth and Pamela Gerardi

Guide to Historical Literature

3rd ed., vol. 2, 1995.





Subject Guide

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Shelley Arlen

U.S. and British History Librarian
Humanities & Social Sciences
    Library West, Room 540
University of Florida Libraries
Gainesville, FL  32611-7022


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