In addition to the content of the period we will be covering another major theme of this course will be history itself, and, more specifically, “historiography” – that is: The Writing of history. Historiography is what historians do. As undergraduate students in history you will be learning the basics of the theory and practice of historiography (everything from the groundwork in reading primary and secondary sources and analyzing what you find to creating the finished product in writing historical essays).
An excellent book on this topic is Richard Schneider and Norman Cantor’s How to Study History. Parts of this are out of date now (the predictions about how computers ight fit in in the future is itself historically interesting), but the basic account of the historian’s craft is still one of the best.
Scneider, R. & Cantor, N. How to Study History, (New York: Crowell, 1967).
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OSU Library: How to Study History – OSU Library