Full course description
This skills course trains you in finding and using sources for research. The first part deals with the finding: how can I build up a useful bibliography for writing a paper? The second and third part deal with the interpretation of sources: how can I make sensible use of evidence about the past? The focus is on historical sources. But the skills of historical source analysis can also be readily translated to the assessment of other kinds of information sources – almost any kinds. This is a feature that we will explore in the interactive lectures of this skills training.
The course has two aims:
- It trains you to find and critically assess appropriate sources in the light of a particular research problem.
- It introduces you to historical methods (source criticism), applied to wide areas of research in the humanities and qualitative social sciences.
- Bloch, M. (1992). The historian’s craft (P. Putnam, Trans.). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Carr, E.H. (1961). What is history? Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.