Methods and Sources

Course Description

Assessment and implementation of effective primary-source research strategies. Also includes assessment and implementation of methodologies for interpreting a wide variety of primary sources critically and professionally. Grading is H, S, or U only.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evalute the legal and institutional structures of record-keeping in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
  • Propose historical research strategies/methodologies for gathering pertinent primary sources.
  • Appraise the range of pertinent primary sources for answering the main research question for their Thesis or Multimedia Project.
  • Assemble the most pertinent primary sources for answering the main research question for their Thesis or Multimedia Project.
  • Assess the primary sources they have selected using relevant historical research strategies/methodologies..
  • Conduct effective primary-source research for their Thesis or Multimedia Project.


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