Doing History: An Introduction to the Historian's Craft, with Workbook Activities

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In this era of Twitter and text-messaging, which calls into question previously accepted notions of literacy, today's students need a new and more pragmatic approach to developing writing and research skills. While a number of guides to historical research and writing and several historical methodology texts have appeared in the past several years, no single text accomplishes what Doing History: An Introduction to the Historian's Craft does. Through a unique two-part organization, authors Wendy Pojmann, Barbara Reeves-Ellington, and Karen Ward Mahar offer specific assignments to identify students' weaknesses and build their skills. They provide concrete examples of historical approaches and theories and detailed guidelines to help students complete their work within the constraints of the academic term. The text integrates the complexities of historical research and writing into a single, comprehensive narrative without compromising depth and breadth. Its lively and accessible writing style helps students grapple with sophisticated ideas while also avoiding the pitfalls that commonly entrap them as they learn to think and write as historians. The book's intellectually engaging discussions of the discipline of history in Part One: the Historian's Craft are enriched by solid examples of published scholarship. Students preparing research projects will benefit from straightforward guidelines for the research and writing process. In addition, the integrated workbook in Part Two: Doing History Workbook Exercises allows them to hone their skills with assessment exercises and skill-building assignments.

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Wendy Pojmann is Professor of History at Siena College.

Barbara Reeves-Ellington is former Associate Professor of History at Siena College.

Karen Ward Mahar is Professor of History at Siena College and the Co-Director of the American Studies Program.

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"This is the first book that comprehensively prepares undergraduate history majors in the U.S. for writing a bachelor's thesis. Not only do the authors explain historiography and the methods of academic historians clearly and fully, but they also provide a detailed and immensely helpful guide to undertaking original research. This book is exactly what I've always wanted to help explain the mysteries of professional historical research to my students."--Scott K. Taylor, University of Kentucky


"This text fills a real need. The authors explain concepts in clear and accessible language, although they never shy away from dealing with some of the most complicated issues in the field."--Connie Shemo, State University of New York, Plattsburgh


"Doing History is very well crafted. It strikes the right balance between methods of historical and historiographical analysis. The writing is accessible and the authors move logically through defining history as a discipline, laying out the major types of history and how they have evolved over time, introducing students to the concept of historiography, teaching students how to examine primary and secondary sources, and walking them through the development of a research paper."--W. Brian Newsome, Elizabethtown College


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