Senior Seminar and Historical Methods
Course Information and Web Links

Professor: Robert W. Brown

HST 4510 and HST 5000 focuse on two separate but closely related topics. They deal first with methods of historical research, the critical evaluation of sources, primary as well as secondary, and the writing of an historical essay. Accordingly, one major course requirement will be a research paper. Because the process of historical research is as important as the research product, this paper will be the culmination of a series of steps (completed both within and outside the classroom) designed to help each student master the basic elements of research and effective written and oral presentation. Required also is an analysis of an historical document (a primary source) and a critical review of a scholarly work (a secondary source) on the topic of the research paper. At the end of the semester, each student will make an oral presentation summarizing the results of his/her research.  This presentation should be done using PowerPoint.

The second component of HST 4510 and HST 5000 is a study of the western historiographical tradition. It surveys the writing of History from the earliest time to the present, and it investigates the nature of History, philosophies of History, and the various types of historical writing.

Selected World Wide Web Links

Avalon Project at Yale University

The Medieval Source Book

Christus Rex et Redemptor Mundi
(Catholic Site with Excellent Links)

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Rome Resources Homepage

Amiens Cathedral

The Abbey Church at Conques (Medieval Pilgrimage Church)

The French Revolution (Multimedia)

Library of Congress Homepage

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War

The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

The Christian Catacombs of Rome

Documenting the American South (UNC Chapel Hill Library)

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Eurodocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents

Bund Deutscher Madel

World War I (Trenches on the Web)

The World War I Document Archive

Links are checked frequently; if you find one that does not work, please send an email.

This Page is Maintained by Robert W. Brown;
Last Update: 30.I.2010.

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