Step 1: Record What You KnowStep 2: Talk to Your FamilyStep 3: Check the CensusStep 4: Dig Up Some Vital RecordsStep 5: Check Immigration & Military RecordsStep 6: Newspaper & Cemetery RecordsStep 7: Talk to Professor WadsworthStep 8: Rummage Through Old RecordsStep 9:Finding Scholarly ArticlesStep 10: Finding Scholarly BooksStep 11: Read and Take NotesStep 12: Answering The Research QuestionStep 13: Time to Get Your Brian Around the EssayStep 14: Keep It Short: Learn to SummarizeStep 15: Pay Attention to FeedbackStep 16: The Day of Judgment
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GENH100 D & E Critical Encounters - History (Wadsworth)   Tags: critical encounters, genealogy assignment, genh100, genh100de, history, wadsworth  

A guide to help students in Professor Wadsworth's GENH100 class (sections D & E) conduct their research
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Ancestors - Jim Willard; Terry Willard; Jane Wilson
ISBN: 0395854105
Publication Date: 1997-03-03


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The first several weeks of the semester will be spent developing the skills needed to conduct good historical research. This will be done by using genealogy as a method to teach research and note taking skills. Students will develop an understanding of primary sources and how to find and use them. These skills will also help students explore the research process on a small scale before undertaking the larger research project.

Genealogical research should help students understand how to articulate research questions, collect evidence, analyze the evidence and present conclusions. The emphasis is on the research process not the genealogy.

This project will help students identify interesting, feasible, and relevant research topics and questions for research projects. It should also help students understand how history is constructed and the ways it can be debated. And finally, this research project is designed to help students discover that history matters, that it is interesting and that it is worth knowing.


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