“Historians and the Research Process: Getting Started”

“Historians and the Research Process: Getting Started”

Historians and the Research Process: Getting Started by Presnell explores the purpose of a historian’s work and the field in which they conduct research and interact with other historians in order to enhance their interpretations of certain information of the past. The reading focuses on how historians conduct their research which is the basis of their work. Presnell highlights the important uses of conducting research to find proper primary and secondary sources in order to benefit a historian’s research. By choosing a topic and conducting research on it, a historian is exploring the work of other scholars and historians and building off their personal methodologies with their colleagues. The next step is to formulate an argument and create an outline that highlights the notes/research conducting in the beginning. Then, a draft can be written to further organize thoughts and ensure proper paraphrasing and quoting takes places. Finally, generating references is necessary to eliminate plagiarism and to exhibit the interaction and connection across different fields and schools of history throughout the research process. Presnell argues that while the study of history is changing through advancements in technology and internet, the main basis for history remains the same.

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