The Research Process
"Systematic investigation or inquiry aimed at contributing to knowledge of a theory, topic, etc., by careful consideration, observation, or study of a subject." The OED
* A step-by-step process focused by a guiding question.
* A detailed inquiry process for collecting & interpreting data, perspectives & evidence, then developing an argument to address that question;
* A reflective process where you reach your own conclusions;
* A reiterative process that progressively refines your investigation:
ponder - search - analyze
review - reevaluate - research
repeat as needed
Research is not:
* Submitting a "report" simply restating the historical record;
* Rewording other people's opinions (plagiarism);
* Limiting your sources to basic Google searches and Wikepedia.
Cite Your Sources
Your teacher will supply the class code.
"Research is formalized curiosity.
It is poking and prying with a purpose."
Zora Neale Hurstan, Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942
REMEMBER: History is a STORY
You have to dig!
Start by asking questions...
this will help you construct then polish your guiding question.
Check out Inquiring Minds Need to Know
History is a question of perspective - point of view - context.
You will be deciding how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
History is a continuum.
History is fluid.
The story is retold.
Historians ponder on. Conclusions are re-evaluated.
New material comes to light. Evidence is unearthed.
Documents are declassified.
Redactions are removed.
Participants reveal / reassess / reconsider.
Ideas, opinions go in and out of fashion.
Society's viewpoints & prejudices evolve.
Crash Course in U.S. History #8 - John Green explains it all...
It's fine and it's funny but is it true? Seems to be, although it's a bit cursory... I LOVE John Green but is it advisable to use his Crash Course series as a source for the Junior paper?
Investigate Survey Websites
Library of Congress
American Memory Project
Univ. of Houston, NEH, NPS,
Gilder Lehrman Institue.,
Chicago History Museum,
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
American Social History Project -
CUNY / George Mason Univ
America in Class
National Humanties Center
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
(set up a free account)