Local History Research Guide

History Research, Writing, and Philosophy:

Arnold, John H. History: A Very Short Introduction. London: Oxford University Press, 2000. [Stacks: D 16.8 .A686x].

Baron, Salo Wittmayer. The Contemporary Relevance of History: A Study in Approaches and Methods. New York: Columbia University Press, 1986. [Stacks: D 16.8 .B3145].

Barzun, Jacques. The Modern Researcher. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. [Stacks: D 13 .B334].

Beards, Andrew. Objectivity and Historical Understanding. Brookfield, VT: Avebury, 1997. [Stacks: D 16.8 .B3176x].

Benjamin, Jules R. A Student’s Guide to History. New York: St. Martins, 1979. [Stacks: D16.3 .B4].

Bentley, Michael. Modern Historiography: An Introduction. [Stacks: D 13 .B427].

Blackburn, Richard James. The Vampire of Reason: An Essay in the Philosophy of History. New York: Verso, 1990. [Stacks: D 16.8 .B54].

Local History Research
Strategy Steps:

Guide Introduction
Choose a Topic
Find Background Information
Narrow Your Topic and Form a Research Question
Find Research Materials
Evaluate and Cite Sources
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Write the Paper

Boston University, Department of History, Writing Guide.

Brown University, Department of History, Writing Guide.

Bunzl, Martin. Real History: Reflections on Historical Practice. New York: Routledge, 1997. [Stacks: D 16 .B935].

Cantor, Norman F. and Richard I. Schneider. How to Study History. Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harland Davidson, 1967. [Stacks: D 16.2 .C32].

Callinicos, Alex. Theories and Narratives: Reflections on the Philosophy of History. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995. [Stacks: D 16.8 .C273].

Carr, Edward H. What is History? New York: Vintage, 1961. [Stacks: D 16.8 .C33].

Carroll, Peter N. Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1990. [Stacks: D 16.8 .C34].

Clive, John L. Not By Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History. New York: Knopf, 1989. [Stacks: D 13 .C585].

Collingwood, R.G. The Idea of History. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993. [Stacks: D 16.8 .C592].

_____. The Principles of History: and Other Writings in Philosophy of History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. [Stacks: D 16.8 .C5926x].

Collins, Randall. Macro History: Essays in the Sociology of the Long Run. Stanford University Press, 1999. [Stacks: D 16.8 .C5925].

Companion to Historiography. New York: Routledge, 1997. [Soc Sci Ref: D 13 .C626].

Davidson, James West. After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection. New York: Knopf, 1986. [Stacks: E 175 .D38].

Dartmouth College Guide to Writing History.

Developments in Modern Historiogaphy. New York: St. Martins, 1993. [Stacks: D 13 .D48].

Dictionary of Concepts in History. New York: Greenwood, 1986. [Soc Sci Ref: D 13 .R49].

Dray, William H. On History and Philosophers of History. New York: Brill, 1989. [Stacks: D 13 .D73].

Gellner, Ernest. Plough, Sword, and Book. The Structure of Human History. London: Collins Harvill, 1988. [Stacks: D 16.8 .G413].

Gilderhus, Mark T. History and Historians: a Historiographical Introduction. Englewood, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996. [Reserve: D 16.8 .G533].

Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing. New York: Garland, 1998. 2 Vols. [Soc Sci Ref: D 13 .G47]. Includes articles about historians as well as schools of historical writing.

Goldstein, Leon J. The What and Why of History: Philosophical Essays. New York: E.J. Brill, 1996. [Stacks: D 16.8 .G643].

Gorman, J.L. Understanding History: An Introduction to Analytical Philosophy of History. University of Ottawa Press, 1992. [Stacks: D 16.8 .G675x].

Graham, Gordon. The Shape of the Past. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. [Stacks: D 16.8 G733x].

Guide to Writing History Papers by Todd F. Carney.

Gustavson, Carl G. A Preface to History. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955. [Stacks: D 16.8 .G87].

_____. The Mansion of History. McGraw-Hill, 1976. [Stacks: D 16.8 .G867].

Historical Controversies and Historians. London: UCL Press, 1998. [Stacks: D 13 .H49x].

Historiography: An Annotated Bibliography of Journal Articles, Books, and Dissertations. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1987. 2 Vols. [Soc Sci Ref: D 13 .X1 H578].

History Debate. London: Collins & Brown, 1990. [Stacks: D 16.8 H6247x].

Hobsbawm, Eric. On History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997. [Stacks: D 16.8 .H6257x].

“How to Read 18th-Century Writing.” Doing History Web Site.

Isenberg, Michael T. Puzzles of the Past: An Introduction to Thinking About History. Texas A&M Press, 1985. [Stacks: D 13 .I745].

Jenkins, Keith. Rethinking History. New York: Routledge, 1991. [Stacks: D 16.8 .J386].

_____. Why History? Ethics and Postmodernity. New York: Routledge, 1999. [Stacks: D 16.8 J387]B.

Jordanova, Ludmilla. History in Practice. London: Oxford University Press, 2000. [Stacks: D 16 .J67x].

Kaye, Harvey J. The Powers of the Past: Reflections on the Crisis and the Promise of History. University of Minnesota Press, 1991. [Stacks: D 16.8 .K34].

Kelley, Donald R. Faces of History: Historical Inquiry From Herodotus to Herder. Yale University Press, 1998. [Stacks: D 16.8 .K37].

Kemp, Anthony. The Estrangement of the Past: A Study in the Origins of Modern Historical Consciousness. New York: Oxford, 1991. [Stacks: D 16.8 .K38].

Lemon, M.C. The Discipline of History and the History of Thought. New York: Routledge, 1995. [Stacks: D16 .L54].

Lerner, Gerda. Why History Matters: Life and Thought. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. [Stacks: D 16. 8 .L377].

Levine, Josephine. The Autonomy of History: Truth and Method from Erasmus to Gibbon, 1999. [Stacks: D 16.8 .L48].

Marius, Richard. A Short Guide to Writing About History. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1989. [Stacks: D 13 .M294].

Martin, Raymond. The Past Within Us: An Empirical Approach to the Philosophy of History. Princeton University Press, 1989. [Stacks: D 16.8 .M2935].

McCarney, Joe. Hegel on History. New York: Routledge, 2000. [Stacks: D 16.8 .M3856].

McCullagh, C. Behan. The Truth of History. New York: Routledge, 1998. [Stacks: D 16.8 .M386].

Nature of Historical Writing by Glen Henkle.

Objectivity, Method, and Point of View: Essays in the Philosophy of History. New York: E.J. Brill, 1991. [Stacks: D 16.8 .O25].

On ‘What is History?’: From Carr and Elton to Rorty and White. New York: Routledge, 1995. [Stacks: D 13 .J38].

Proof and Persuasion in History. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1994. [Stacks: D 16.8 .P76x].

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students (Patrick Rael, Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College, August 2000).

Richard, Marius. A Short Guide to Writing About History. Glenview, Ill.: Scott Foresman, 1989. [Stacks: D 13 .M294].

Roth, Michael S. The Ironist’s Cage: Memory, Trauma, and the Construction of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. [Stacks: D 16.8 .R847].

Routledge Companion to Historical Studies. New York: Routledge, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: D 13 .M86].

Southgate, Beverley. History: What? And Why? New York: Routledge, 1996. [Stacks: D 16.8 .S683].

_____. Why Bother With History? Harlow: Longman, 2000. [Stacks: D 16.8 .S68x].

Stanford, Michael. An Introduction to the Philosophy of History. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1998. [Stacks: D 16.8 .S717].

Students Guide to the Study of History.

Study of History: A Bibliographical Guide. New York: Mancester University Press, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: D 13 .X1 R53].

Thompson, Willie. What Happened to History? Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 2000. [Stacks: D 13 .T5123].

Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods, and New Directions in the Study of Modern History. New York: Longman, 2000. [Stacks: D 13 .T69].

Wilson, Noman. History in Crisis? Recent Directions in Historiography. Prentice Hall, 1999. [Stacks: D 13 .W59].

Writers Guide. History. Lexington, Mass.: Heath, 1987. [Stacks: D 13 .S815].

Writing, Teaching, and Researching History in the Electronic Age: Historians and Computers. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1998. [Stacks: D 16 .W95].

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