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Historical Research
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 With increasing pressure on students and academics to produce independently researched dissertations, theses, articles and monographs, this guide to undertaking historical research provides invaluable advice and support.  Historical Research presents a clear, practical guide to the study, research and writing of history. Each stage of historical research is covered, from the selection of a topic and the organisation and evaluation of source material, through to the completion of a typescript. The book is subdivided into three parts:

  • Part one focuses on the study of history
  • Part two provides detailed guidance on research methods
  • Part three includes comprehensive information on stylistic conventions for presenting historical work
 Numerous examples and practical suggestions assist readers to plan, organise and complete history projects more effectively. A glossary and Guide for Further Reading are also included to provide an informative and indispensable research tool on all aspects of historical research.  Bill McDowell is a Research Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.
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PART 1: THE STUDY OF HISTORYThe nature and value of history History and the social sciences History and the natural sciencesPART 2: RESEARCH METHODSResearch tools Historical sources Planning a research project Locating and indexing source material Evaluating source material Research notes Illustrate material Research for a higher degree Publication of article and booksPART 3: STYLISTIC CONVENTIONSAbbreviations, numbers and punctuation Typescript format Footnote and bibliography references Proofreading Indexing

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Dr W. H. McDowell is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh

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