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An important acknowledgement
Though I will be making changes over time, some of the pages and boxes on this course guide were created originally by my predecessor in History, the inimitable Adrienne Meier.
Doing History Research
When doing history research, remember these things:
- Books are often helpful, and sometimes more helpful than articles
- You don't need to read a whole book; find the chapter or section about your topic and read that (use a table of contents or index to find the relevant section)
- More recent doesn't necessarily mean better; an item published at the time of an event may be just as useful as a later item
A note on Asian names
The spellings of Asian keywords (proper names as well as technical terms) can vary because there are different ways of transliterating them into English. This process is called Romanization. An example is the name of China's capital city, which used to be rendered "Peking" but is now rendered "Beijing."
Databases will often have a preferred Romanization, which can be found in the database's thesaurus. Often, the preferred Romanization will give you all the articles in the database, but if you see other Romanizations in your results list, try searching for them as well.
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