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ERIC Number: ED324351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Historical Research: Guidelines for Graduate Students.
Nel, Johanna
Overviews of the process of historical research and the writing of a successful historical essay or dissertation are presented. Historical research is defined as the systematic process of collecting and objectively evaluating data related to past occurrences to arrive at conclusions about the causes, effects, or trends of past events that may be helpful in explaining the present or anticipating the future. It is suggested that the historical research process consists of six steps: (1) selecting a suitable topic; (2) searching for evidence; (3) evaluating the evidence; (4) taking notes; (5) arranging the information into a meaningful pattern; and (6) presenting results in a way that provides the reader with a full understanding of the subject. Sources of information are discussed as well as the criteria of internal and external criticism that should be used to evaluate the research effort. Effective ways of taking notes and arranging information, the rules of citation, and the importance of form are described. Literary style and ways of constructing a truthful and readable dissertation are also considered. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A