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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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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.

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to discipline of professional history, to historical methods and practices, and to historical theory and the use and consumption of history. The goal of the course is to provide students with the tools necessary to undertake their own historical research.  The course presumes that you have no corpus of content-specific historical knowledge; instead, we will collectively examine one of the most fascinating case-studies in modern world history, the Influenza pandemic of 1918/1919. We will use this case study to explore the nature of historical problems, to generate historical questions, and to engage in critical thinking, writing, and digital scholarship.  This will be different than any you have probably ever taken; it is a process-driven class not a product-driven class, where you will have the opportunity to think creatively, actively participate in the process of generating historical knowledge, and work on a variety of skills at the center of the liberal arts.

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.