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General History: Research and Writing

Research Assignments

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Writing an Annotated Bibliography

 Guide from Skidmore University

Writing a Literature Review

Guide from University 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

Credit: Patrick Rael, Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students (Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College, 2004)

Authoritative Reference Guides to History

Guide to Historical Literature. American Historical Association. Edited by George Matthew Dutcher, Henry Robinson Shipman, Sidney Bradshaw Fay, Augustus Hunt Shearer, William Henry Allison. New York: Macmillan, 1931.

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.

Later editions:

American Historical Association. Guide to Historical Literature. Board of editors: George Frederich Howe, chairman, et. al. New York, Macmillan, 1961.

The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature. General editor, Mary Beth Norton, associate editor, Pamela Gerardi. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

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