The History Research Process


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Writing History

In researching and writing history, certain basic skills must be mastered, including:

  • gathering factual information from reference sources to flesh out your narrative;
  • surveying the scholarly literature to find existing ideas, opinions, etc.;
  • introducting and commenting on scholarly sources within your own unique narrative;
  • referencing additional scholarly sources (not discussed in the narrative) in footnotes.

This guide will introduce these ideas, providing examples and linking you to helpful resources. Click on the sub-pages in the menu in the left to explore these four skills in more detail.

Useful Books for Students About Researching and Writing in History


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