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HIST 299: Historian's Craft Spring 2017 (Delay): Home

How to Read and Write Like a Historian

Here are some tutorials, created by librarians and historians, that offer tips on reading and writing history.


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Mary Jo Fairchild
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Marc Bloc's Historian's Craft



Cover Image of the first U.S. Edition of Apologie pour l'histoire ou Metier d'historien, or Historian's Craft by Marc Bloch, 1954.  The work explores the craft of the historian from a number of different angles and discusses what constitutes history and how it should be configured and created in literary form by the historian.

Library and Archival Instruction Goals

By the end of library information and archival literacy sessions students will have the skills to identify contextually appropriate tools and sources to answer research questions.

Course Description

This is a topic-based course in which students deal with different types of historical materials and techniques to develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and oral presentation, focused on the discipline of History. This is the foundational course of the History major and is designed to prepare History majors and minors for upper-level courses and the capstone research seminar. The theme for spring 2017 is the era of the World Wars in Europe (1914-1945). Each student will choose and develop a research topic related to this theme. 


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Barrye Brown
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
125 Bull St.
Charleston, SC 29424