History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

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This book is intended to guide the college junior or senior majoring in history who needs to know how to locate appropriate materials for term papers. This text assumes you have a basic understanding of the library--where it is and what it is there for--and of basic sources such as Readers' Guide. It assumes that what you wish to do is to deepen your comprehension of reference sources designed particularly for history students. If you do not have such basic understanding you might wish to look at some of the texts suggested later in this preface.

This book is also intended for the graduate student in history who will be required to write a number of research papers. This book brings together in an ordered fashion some of the sources you will need to begin your work.

For the professor of history or the reference librarian this book may serve to support your contention that good research practice is a foundation of good academic writing. When you need to recommend a library guide to students who come to you for aid, here it is.

Some students will find that they are not yet ready to use this book. Good general introductions to the library can be found in such texts as Guide to the Use of Libraries and Information Sources, 6th ed., byJean Key Gates (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1989) or A Guide to Library Research Methods, byThomas Mann (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987).

If you need to know the general procedures for writing term papers, including notetaking, outlining, and bibliographical forms, use this book in conjunction with Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 5th ed. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1987).

If you need some guidance in achieving a simple, straightforward writing style, one very helpful source is On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 4th ed. byWilliam Zinsser (New York: Harper Perennial, 1990).

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