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HIST 299: The Cold War: Home

Research Guide for Professor Irina Gigova's Historian's Craft course, Fall 2019

The Cold War in Europe

Course Description

“The Historian’s Craft” is a methods-and-skills course that aims to introduce history majors and minors to the practice of historical studies. To create cohesion to the course, the instructor has chosen the theme of “the Cold War.” The curriculum will use global developments from approximately 1945 to 1990 as a background but the ultimate goal of this course is to facilitate the acquisition and practice of the fundamental skills needed for all upper-division history (and many other college) classes.

Course Goals

Students in this course will:

  • Become acquainted with the historical profession, philosophy of history, and historiography
  • Develop analytical thinking and critical reading skills|
  • Improve academic writing skill
  • Learn to analyze and evaluate a variety of primary and secondary sources
  • Become proficient in both library and online research
  • Learn the tools historians (and scholars in general) use to practice their craft: note-taking; organizing and referencing material; communicating findings in the form of synopsis, review, historiographic essay and project proposal; and effectively critiquing others’ work

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.

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