hst320 | undergraduate

History Research Methods

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This course focuses on research methods used in historical research and writing, and application of theories and methodologies to the analysis of historical materials. Emphasis is placed on research, writing, and critical thinking in historical contexts. For History majors only.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    The Writing Process, Part I: Thesis, Outlines, and, Pre-Writing

    • Develop an effective thesis statement.
    • Create an outline for a research paper.
    • Demonstrate the elements in the pre-writing process.

    The Writing Process, Part II: Revisions, Citations

    • Define plagiarism and ways to overcome it.
    • Apply Chicago style to a research paper.
    • Create a final draft through revisions.

    How to Think Historically

    • Describe different approaches to historical research.
    • Create an effective research question.

    Evaluating and Interpreting Historical Evidence

    • Identify the types of evidence used by historians.
    • Compare primary and secondary sources.
    • Evaluate historical evidence for context, bias, and authenticity.

    Conducting Historical Research

    • Demonstrate effective note taking.
    • Identify useful sources for performing historical research.
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