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HSTR 499 Senior Capstone: Historical Methodologies   Tags: course_guide, history  

This guide is intended for students in the Fall 2013 course on Historical Methodologies taught by Professor Rob Campbell
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Finding Books at MSU and Beyond

  • MSU Libraries Catalog
    Use the catalog to find books in the Renne Library collection.
  • WorldCat
    WorldCat is a catalog of library catalogs around the country and beyond. Items found in WorldCat that are not owned by MSU Libraries can be requested via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Google Books
    Search the full text of many scanned books. Note that many of the copyrighted, post-1923 books will only have limited viewing available. Request these on Interlibrary Loan.

Tips for Searching Library Catalogs

Search in library catalogs for books, documents, and videos about your topic.  Keyword searching usually works fine, but may yield many off-topic hits. Instead of keyword, try subject searching, experimenting with various terms for your topic.  For instance, in the MSU Library Catalog....

  • EXPERIMENT: Go into Advanced Search and put a term for your topic, such as "nuclear power," into the subject box; then create another subject box to add a second term of "history" or other terms that make sense for your interest
  • IDENTIFY ALTERNATIVE TERMS: If your topic is known by a common popular term, such as "fracking," try that term first as a subject and see if the catalog leads you to the formal term of "hydraulic fracturing." This is known as cross-referencing.  If nothing comes up for your term, search a basic database such as Academic Search Complete or look around in Google to see if you can find some alternative terms to use in the library catalog.
  • BROWSE THE SUBJECT INDEX: You can definitely search for subject terms even from the Basic Search screen in the MSU catalog. Type in your term but before you hit enter, click on the Begins With radio button and then click the Subject button below the dialog box. This will take you into the index of subject headings where your term appears. Explore that index to see if there's a better term to use for your topic.
  • FIND LIKE ITEMS: Whenever you find a book in the catalog that's a good match for your topic, use the catalog record for that book to help find more books like it. Inside the full record for the book you've found, click on the Catalog Record tab; then scroll down to the subject term fields. There you'll find other terms that describe your topic and that you can click on or use in the basic search box to find more on-topic items.

Selected Books About History and Historiography

MSU has many books about the writing of history and the historian's role, methods, and perspectives. Below are just a few these books in our collection. Print volumes are in the Stacks on the various floors of Renne Library. Don't see what you need here? Search the catalog for more topics. These books were found using a subject search for "historiography." If a book you want is checked out, place a hold on it and it will be recalled for you.

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Being a Historian - James M. Banner
Call Number: D16.8.B3134 2012
ISBN: 9781107021594
Publication Date: 2012-04-30

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Exhibiting Patriotism: creating and contesting interpretations of American historic sites - Teresa Bergman
Call Number: E159.B45 2013
ISBN: 9781598745962
Publication Date: 2013-01-01

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Historiography: An Introductory Guide - Eileen Ka-May Cheng
Call Number: D13.5.U6C48 2012
ISBN: 9781441177674
Publication Date: 2012-05-10

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History and the Human Condition: a historian's pursuit of knowledge - John Lukacs
Call Number: D16.8.L825 2012
ISBN: 9781610170659
Publication Date: 2013-02-15

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History in the Digital Age - Toni Weller (Editor)
Call Number: D16.9.H565 2013
ISBN: 9780415666961
Publication Date: 2012-11-01

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A History of History - Alun Munslow
Call Number: D13.M848 2012
ISBN: 9780415677141
Publication Date: 2012-11-02

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The Look of the Past: visual and material evidence in historical practice - Ludmilla Jordanova
Call Number: D16.J744 2012
ISBN: 9780521882422
Publication Date: 2012-09-27

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Meaning, Truth, and Reference in Historical Representation - Frank Ankersmit
Call Number: D16.8.A6385 2012
ISBN: 9780801450716
Publication Date: 2012-05-22

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Science and Its History: a reassessment of the historiography of science - Joseph Agassi
Call Number: ONLINE
ISBN: 9781402056321
Publication Date: 2008-01-01


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