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 With increasing pressure on students and academics to produce independently researched dissertations, theses, articles and monographs, this guide to undertaking historical research provides invaluable advice and support.  Historical Research presents a clear, practical guide to the study, research and writing of history. Each stage of historical research is covered, from the selection of a topic and the organisation and evaluation of source material, through to the completion of a typescript. The book is subdivided into three parts:
  • Part one focuses on the study of history
  • Part two provides detailed guidance on research methods
  • Part three includes comprehensive information on stylistic conventions for presenting historical work
 Numerous examples and practical suggestions assist readers to plan, organise and complete history projects more effectively. A glossary and Guide for Further Reading are also included to provide an informative and indispensable research tool on all aspects of historical research.  Bill McDowell is a Research Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.

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A guide to research methods for the writing of history papers, dissertations, articles, and books. A twin focus on research methods and stylistic conventions is provided. The guide proceeds in a step- by-step fashion from the selection of a topic to the completion of a typescript. The range of source material is surveyed and footnote and bibliographical citations are covered. New possibilities provided by computers for research, analysis, and presentation of information are discussed.
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Synopsis:

This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record.""Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book," Historical Research "deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result.

Synopsis:

This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record.Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book, Historical Research deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result. 

Synopsis:

This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record. Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book, Historical Research deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result. 

About the Author

Dr W. H. McDowell is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh

Table of Contents

PART 1: THE STUDY OF HISTORY

The nature and value of history

History and the social sciences

History and the natural sciences

PART 2: RESEARCH METHODS

Research tools

Historical sources

Planning a research project

Locating and indexing source material

Evaluating source material

Research notes

Illustrate material

Research for a higher degree

Publication of article and books

PART 3: STYLISTIC CONVENTIONS

Abbreviations, numbers and punctuation

Typescript format

Footnote and bibliography references

Proofreading

Indexing

Product Details

ISBN:
9780582294592
Author:
McDowell, W. H.
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
McDowell, W. H.
Location:
London
Subject:
History
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History -- Methodology.
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 2
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.36x6.10x.61 in. .95 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
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Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record.""Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book," Historical Research "deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result.
"Synopsis" by , This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record.Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book, Historical Research deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result. 
"Synopsis" by , This is the first practical guide to cover the various stages of a history research project, from the selection of the topic and the organization and interpretation of source material, through to the completion of the written-up record. Whether it is for a dissertation, thesis article or, indeed, full-length book, Historical Research deals with the purpose of research, and the implications, limitations and benefits of different research methods, as well as the effective presentation of the finished result. 
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