Friday, October 7, 2011

Historical Methods & Resources For the Greenhorn Historian

Dear HSMTers (and their fans),

I have compiled a list of all the books and resources that I have found to be particularly helpful for learning historical methods and teaching. I also included a section on managing the lifestyle of being a graduate student and budding scholar. These resources may be a little basic, but they might be helpful for those with little or no historical or pedagogical training.


Becker, Howard Saul, and Pamela Richards. Writing for Social Scientists : How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. 2nd ed, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Chandler, James, Arnold I. Davidson, and Harry D. Harootunian. Questions of Evidence : Proof, Practice, and Persuasion across the Disciplines. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Davidson, James West, and Mark H. Lytle. After the Fact : The Art of Historical Detection. 2 vols. New York: Knopf, 1982.

Grafton, Anthony. The Footnote : A Curious History. [Rev. ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Jordanova, L.J., and LJ Jordanova. History in Practice: Arnold London, 2000.

Murray, Rowena. "Writing for Academic Journals." Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill International (UK) Ltd, 2009.

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Rosen, Leonard J. The Academic Writer's Handbook. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson Longman, 2012.

Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History : Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History. 5th ed. Harlow, England ; New York: Longman, 2010.

Turabian, Kate L., John Grossman, and Alice Bennett. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 6th ed, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.


Perspectives on History: Finding the Story

On Taking Notes

Managing the Terror

How Writing Leads to Thinking (And not the other way around)

"Building a Mystery":Alternative Research Writing and the Academic Act of Seeking

Web 2.0 A Useful Tool for the History of Medicine (and Science and Technology...)

Digital Resources:

UW Database Library: History of Science, Medicine, Technology

Directory of History Journals

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center

Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aids

The Knight Digital Media Center and Source Guides

Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning: BadgerLink

Historical 'Hardware':

Transcriptions: Transcribing Audio to Text Software Aid (for Mac only)

Chicago Manual of Style Crib Sheet

RefWorks/EndNote/Zotero Features Comparison

All Bookstores Search Engine

Internet Disablers

Mac Applications Disabler

Desktop Screen Darkener

Free Trainings & Workshops:

Library Workshops: Historical Research

Library Workshops: Graduate Support Series

Library and Information Literacy Instruction

Writing Center Workshops

Software Training Workshops by DoIT

For Inspiration:

Why Become a Historian?

Why Study History?

Why the Past Matters

Advice Against Despair: Caring for the Whole ... and for Ourselves:

Professional Development:

Campus Humanities Portal

Grad School Survival

Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years

Publishing Without Perishing: A Handbook for Graduate and Professional Students

Graduate Student Professional Development Career Planning

The Professor Is In

Careers for History Majors

How to Find a Job Outside of Academia, Even if You Aren't Sure That You Want One

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