The book offers guidance to aspiring historians at every stage and in every walk of life, from practical advice on tackling and organizing projects to recommendations for finding and using resources of all kinds, whether at the local library or historical society or on the world wide web. It is intended to be a serious guide to the best practices for researchers as well as a good read as a collection of research stories. The author includes useful bibliographies, vetted websites, and practical advice on doing research well.
Table of Contents
1. In the Beginning
2. The Perfect Project
3. Studying the Age of Information
4. The Hunt for My Family's History
5. Big-Game Hunting
6. Great Hunters I Have Known
7. Researcher as Archivist
8. Into the Mind of the Historian
9. Using History for Fun and Profit
10. The Future of the Hunt
James W. Cortada is a Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota.