The Information-Literate Historian by Jenny Presnell

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students was written by one of our very own librarians!  Jenny Presnell, our Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian, is the author.  This book was popular enough to warrant a second edition, which was published this year by Oxford University Press.  This new edition has been expanded and updated.  It was written to help history students find and use a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources.  It includes information on finding both print and electronic resources.  One of the strengths of this book is that it doesn't just give you a list of resources for you to use but actually walks you through the research process.  In fact the first chapter is about just that topic. Individual chapters often include case studies and further readings.  There are helpful search tip boxes included in many of the chapters.  You will also find many useful graphs and figures that will help make the research process more clear.  New updates in this edition include a new chapter on how to critically evaluate and work with statistics and data, an updated discussion on electronic resources, more coverage of photography, newsreels, and documentaries, and more emphasis on writing research papers.  You can find this book on the second floor of King with the call number D16.2 .P715 2013, though you may need to request a copy because right now all of our copies are checked out!