1st Edition

Undergraduate Research in History A Guide for Students

By Molly Todd Copyright 2022
    228 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Undergraduate Research in History offers a blend of theory and practice for undergraduate researchers in history, relevant to new routines of the digital age. Explaining how research conducted by undergraduate students fits into the broader contexts of the discipline of history and the expanding realm of undergraduate research, this book presents the major phases of substantive research projects, and offers practical advice for work in specific historical areas as well as in interdisciplinary projects. The volume addresses key issues facing researchers, including finding relevant sources, funding research projects, and sharing results with diverse audiences. Supported by dozens of examples of real-world undergraduate research projects, this book is an indispensable reference for any student embarking on historical research and for professors guiding and collaborating with undergraduate researchers.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors


    Introduction - Walking in the World of Historical Research

    Part 1: The Big Picture

    Introduction to Part 1 - Behind the Smoke and Mirrors: Uncovering the Tricks of the Historian’s Craft

    1.1 - Getting Started with Research in History

    1.2 - Building a Knowledge Base: Working with Secondary Sources

    1.3 - Establishing a Feasible Plan and Managing Your Time

    1.4 - Working with Primary Sources: The Heart of the Historian’s Craft

    1.5 - Making History Come Alive: Working with Live Sources

    1.6 - Analyzing Primary Source Collections: Beyond the Basics

    1.7 - Doing History in the Digital Age

    1.8 - Joining the Conversation: Disseminating Research Results

    1.9 - Acknowledging Sources

    1.10 - Funding Historical Work

    Conclusion to Part 1 - On Your Way

    Part 2: Specialized Fields of Historical Research

    Introduction to Part 2 - Fields of Historical Research

    2.1 - Political and Intellectual Histories

    2.2 - Military History

    2.3 - Economic and Labor Histories

    2.4 - Cultural History

    2.5 - Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine – Kirke A. Elsaas

    2.6 - Oral History

    2.7 - Public History

    2.8 - Social History

    2.9 - History of Race – Micah Chang

    2.10 - Histories of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

    2.11 - Environmental History – Jacey C. Anderson

    2.12 - Global and Transnational Histories – Jacey C. Anderson


    Part 3: Appendix

    Introduction to Part 3

    3.1 - The Undergraduate Research Movement

    3.2 - Mentoring Undergraduate Research



    Molly Todd is an Associate Professor of History at Montana State University.