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The Historian's Toolbox - Robert C. Williams
Call Number: D16.W62 2003
ISBN: 0765610930
Publication Date: 2003-03-31

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The Information-Literate Historian - Jenny L. Presnell
Call Number: D16.2 .P715 2007
ISBN: 9780195176513
Publication Date: 2006-08-31

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Great Jobs for History Majors - Stephen E. Lambert; Julie Degalan
Call Number: D16.9.D34 2008
ISBN: 007148213X
Publication Date: 2007-09-11


PCCC Books

The PCCC Library has a number of books on the study of history and methods of research.   Books are under the call number  D16.  


Some representative titles are:

"The Information-Literate Historian:  A Guide to Research for History Students"   D16.2 .P715 2007  This is an excellent book and covers topics such as beginning the research process, taking notes, formulating an argument, using primary sources and history and the Internet.

"The Historian's Toolbox :A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History"  D16 .W62 2003.  This book offers good advice on the research process, choosing a good topic and how to write a good history paper.  It also covers how to acknowledge sources and avoid plagiarism.

"How to Study History"  D16.2 C32 1986   Although dated in some respects, this book is still valuable. Chapter 12 critically examines two student papers and should be consulted.  There is also information on how to write a book review, which is not the same as a book report.

The Library also owns books on the value of studying history and can also be found under the general call number   D16.  Some examples are:

  "Why History Matters"  D16.163 .T67  2008

"The Meaning of History"  D16.8 .M2923   Although published in 1966, the author includes chapters on the usefulness of history, the essential elements in history and the truth of history.

Another book can be valuable for those students considering majoring in history. It is "Great Jobs for History Majors"   D16.9 .D34  2008  The critical thinking and writing skills one develops as a history major can be assets for a number of occupations.

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