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History: Theory & Method

  • 20th Century Historiography Overview
    A brief overview of historiographical trends of the late 20th century.
  • An Overview of the Historical Process [History/Historiography Series]
    "An Overview of the Historical Process," a video podcast by Dr. Katherine Bankole-Medina.
  • Historical Methodology: The Art and Craft of the Historian
    Historical Methodology will introduce the student to historical research methods and familiarize the student with the tools and techniques that historians use to study the past. The student will learn about the process of modern historical inquiry and gain a better understanding of the diverse resources that historians use to conduct research. The first four units will focus on research methodology and examine how and why historians conduct research on the past. Later units will examine how different historical resources can be used for historical research. By the end of the course, the student will have become familiar with a variety of physical and electronic resources available for historical research. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 104)
  • Historical Research in Europe: A Guide to Archives and Libraries
    This citation database is intended to assist researchers who are planning to use European libraries and archives. The focus is on materials found in western European repositories from the Atlantic area eastward. Included are all kinds of archival and library resources available in western Europe; thus the scope of the project includes resources useful for researchers studying Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, as well as for researchers studying Europe.
  • Historiography: Analyzing Why Stories Have Changed
    An easy introduction to what is historiography.
  • History and Theory of Historic Preservation
    This class examines the history and theory of historic preservation, focusing on the United States, but with reference to traditions and practices in other countries. The class is designed to examine the largely untold history of the historic preservation movement in this country, and explore how laws, public policies and cultural attitudes shape how we preserve or do not preserve the built environment. The class will give students a grounding in the history, theory and practice of historic preservation, but is not an applied, technical course. MIT Open Courseware.
  • More Than A List of Crew
    A multi-media primary source website embodying and explaining the work papers of nineteenth century seafarers on British and British Empire trading vessels. Their scope is world-wide and the information detailed enough to sustain many kinds of social, economic, and famiily history and "story-telling" projects. Historical research methods are explained and self-reflective practice encouraged through several types of interactive technology. The original documents are held at Memorial University of Newfoundland which can supply digital versions that can be matched with the online documents. From the Maritime History Archive.
  • Renaissance Secrets: What is History?
    Produced by BBC as part of the Open University series, this website features four historians' views on aspects of Renaissance history to illustrate the interpretative nature of historical thinking. Along with synopses of their studies on the nature of Venice as a "second-hand" city, problems of health care in Italian city-states, a plot against Queen Elizabeth of England, and what it was that Guttenburg "invented," it includes sections on how history is done and the critical thinking that is needed in collecting and evaluating historical evidence.
  • Teaching History With Technology
    This is "a resource created to help history and social studies teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. Find resources for history and social studies lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology. Explore inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects. Learn about web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, virtual field trips, screencasts, online posters, and more. Explore innnovative ways of integrating these tools into the curriculum, watch instructional video tutorials, and learn how others are using technology in the classroom" Includes apps for the classroom.
  • The Historian's Toolbox: Skills for History Majors
    A six-unit online tutorial to start a beginning history student in topic selection, topic survey, and basic research strategies. Information literacy standards are used in the teaching of selection, use, and evaluation of resources. Each unit is accompanied by a quiz to reinforce learning.
  • Why Study Historiography with Alan Ford
    Professor Alan Ford introduces the notion of historiography: the history of history.

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