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Graduate-Level Historical Research

A guide for History MA and PhD students.

Qualitative and Quantitive Research

Historians rely on primary and secondary sources when conducting research and writing historical works. They also use qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to support their arguments and conclusions.

Here are some sources about research design and writing:

  • Sage Qualitative Data collection
  • Introduction to Research Design
  • Where to Find Archival Data
  • Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research
  • Using Photographs in Social and Historical Research by Penny Tinkler, Special Collections Reference HM511.T56 2013
  • Historical Research: A Guide by W.H. McDowell, ebook
  • A Concise Companion to History edited by Ulinka Rublack, Main Stacks D13.C663 2011
  • Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing by Anthony Brundage, Main Stacks D16.B893 2013
  • Research Methods for History edited by Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire, ebook
  • A Short Guide to Writing about History by Richard Marius, Main Stacks D13.M294 2002
  • Historian's Guide to Statistics: Quantitative Analysis and Historical Research by Charles M. Dollar and Richard J. Jensen, Main Stacks HA29.D645
  • Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide by Randy Joyner, William A. Rouse, and Allan A. Glathorn, Main Stacks LB2369.G56 2013
  • The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, ebook
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, Main Stacks PE1408.S772 1972

Historians use the Chicago Manual of Style when writing papers, books, and articles and documenting sources. The manual is available here.

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