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Doing History: Research and Writing in the Digital Age, 2nd Edition

  • Michael J. Galgano
  • J. Chris Arndt
  • Raymond M. Hyser
  • ISBN-10: 1133587887
  • ISBN-13: 9781133587880
  • 240 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

DOING HISTORY: RESEARCH AND WRITING IN THE DIGITAL AGE presents a "soup to nuts" approach to researching and writing about history, with an eye for making the most of current technology. The authors begin their straightforward approach with an overview of the discipline. Then, they lay out a systematic approach to research, including how to locate and analyze sources (both primary and secondary), how to write the paper and cite research properly, and how to present the work in conferences.


  • Far beyond a simple style guide, this beneficial text teaches students how to research, think, and write like a historian.

  • The chapters are arranged around the "research trail" process, beginning with research and culminating in the writing of a paper, walking the student through the entire process.

  • Appendix A is a reference librarian's guide to reference works, created by Patricia Hardesty of James Madison University.

  • Appendix B features a sample student paper, written based on the methods outlined throughout the book and modeled after the scholarly journal article.

About the Author

Michael J. Galgano

Michael J. Galgano is a Professor of History and Head of the Department of History at James Madison University. His research interests include family history, social and gender history, and he teaches courses in World, Modern Europe, the History of the Family, and Historical Research Methods.

J. Chris Arndt

J. Chris Arndt is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His research interests include the study of states' rights and economic change in antebellum America. He teaches courses in U.S. History, the American Revolution, the Early Republic, and Historical Methods.

Raymond M. Hyser

Raymond M. Hyser is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His research interests include the study of race and ethnicity in the Gilded Age. He teaches courses in U.S. History, U.S. Business History, Gilded Age America, and Historical Methods.

Table of Contents

1. What is History?
2. Locating the Sources.
3. Tools for Analysis--Secondary Sources.
4. Primary Evidence.
5. Writing: The Research Paper.
6. Writing: The Short Essay.
7. Finishing the Paper.
8. Sharing Scholarship.
Appendix A. A Reference Librarian's Guide to Historical Reference Works.
Appendix B. Student Paul McDowell's Paper.
Appendix C: CourseReader Assignments.

New to this edition

  • New chapters on "Writing the Short Essay" and "Sharing Scholarship."