Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 May 2018

352 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190851491

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The Information-Literate Historian

A Guide to Research for History Students

Third Edition

Jenny L. Presnell

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students is the only book specifically designed to teach today's history students how to successfully select and use sources--primary, secondary, and electronic--to carry out and present their research. Expanded and updated, the third edition of The Information-Literate Historian continues to be an indispensable reference for historians, students, and other readers doing history research.

New to this Edition:

  • A new chapter (Chapter 8) on digital history
  • A new checklist for research tracking
  • An expanded discussion of how historians think historically and how that changes and influences how they structure their research and write their narratives
  • A revised discussion on note-taking and paper organization, including Zotero for note-taking and bibliography
  • Updated search techniques for library catalogs, going beyond subject searching and addressing discovery services and multi-database searching
  • Revised searching techniques for WorldCat
  • A new discussion of Hathi Trust and other large online catalogs
  • New coverage of "fake news" and how to identify it, past and present
  • An expanded discussion of primary sources from cultures that have strong material and oral traditions
  • A new section on researching pre-civil war African American primary sources
  • Revised sections on maps, Geographic Information Systems, and the interpretation and evaluation of images
  • Includes new methods of presenting research and a discussion of alternative presentation software