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Medieval English Peasant: Guides to History Research

This is a guide to researching the medieval English peasant. Medieval West -- Reference Sources and Medieval West -- Additional Web Resources are more extensive research guides. Latest update 06-12-2023

Guides to History Research

These resources contain tips for doing research in libraries, information about history reference sources, and writing suggestions.  We may have newer books than those listed here.  In Books and Media do a Catalog Browse Alphabetically by Subject search.  Try these subject headings:  historiography.  history research.  history methodology.  Then use the facets on the left side of the screen to modify your results to dates of publication 2012-2019. 

Information-Literate Historian: a Guide to Research for History Students

Main D 16.2 .P715  2019

Author is a history librarian at Miami University in Ohio. Also have 2007 ed.

Princeton Guide to Historical Research Main D 16 .S345 2021

Possibly useful for tips on writing and use of software.  Not helpful for reference works, sources, bibliographies, indexes re things medieval.

Student's Guide to History

Main and Remote Storage D 16.3 .B4 [date]

Many editions. Use a recent one.  Author now emeritus, Ithaca College in New York.

Writing History, a Guide for Students

Main D 16 .S864 2013

Oxford University Press.  Author is a history professor at Millsaps College. Also have earlier eds.

Historian's Toolbox, a Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History

Main D 16 .W62 2007

Author is a history professor at Davidson College, North Carolina

Research Methods Primary Sources

From Adam Matthew Digital, a company from whom we obtain a lot of our English online resources.  Introduces key approaches to working with source materials and historical evidence.  The Learning Tools part has sections on using primary sources, understanding and using various types of archives, guides to research (on visual materials, material culture, GIS, on working with databases and spreadsheets, on  on studying individuals and marginal groups, on using oral histories, on landscape and place research, and on quantitative data).  The Case Studies part offers case studies on different types of sources, topical themes such as food, and on data sets.  The Practice Sources part  includes over 300 historical items drawn from 50 archives around the world and allows you to put the lessons of the Learning Tools and Case Studies into practice.