The Micro-historian's Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions: Step-by-Step Research Planning and Execution for Historians, Genealogists, Journalis (Paperback)

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The Micro-historian's Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions: Step-by-Step Research Planning and Execution for Historians, Genealogists, Journalis (Paperback)

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The Micro-Historian's Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions imparts useful guidance to motivated historians, genealogists, special interest researchers, and local history enthusiasts. As long-buried sources become available via the internet, more regular folks without a Ph.D. in history are joining the fun of information-gathering and shining new light on under-explored history - yet often with no foundation of method. The author answers the call with this volume, "paying forward" the guidance received from long-ago mentors as well as from present-day historians and archivists. Topics include research planning & execution, evaluation of evidence, formulation of conclusions, and the crafting of a summary narrative. Each topic is enriched by practical examples from the author's experience. The aim is to help the new practitioner build a foundation of research skills that leads to evidence-based conclusions. The author's perspective of experience - as a disciplined researcher, but also with roots as a no-nonsense old-school newspaper reporter - occasionally prompts a mild tease of the buttoned-down genealogy proof standard, or conversely, a deflating poke at flabby interpretation ... and moribund academic writing ... wherever it may fester. The Micro-Historian's Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions draws theory from dozens of history, genealogy, historiography, and research giants through the ages. The book also pays tribute to that long-ago cigar-chomping newspaper editor who admonished a young reporter: "Yer mother sez she loves ya'? You still gotta check it out
Reginald W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in early American architecture and domestic life --- and early 20th-century music, vaudeville, and circus. His first career as a journalist and editor --- an old-school news reporter in the profession that "writes the first draft of history" ---built the foundation for his current books and research, as well as his work for museums and historic sites. A graduate of Syracuse University (Newhouse School of Public Communications; Maxwell School of Public Affairs) and Harvard (Museum Studies), he is the author of a dozen books on history and performing arts topics.
Product Details ISBN: 9781538137390
ISBN-10: 1538137399
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: November 15th, 2019
Pages: 112
Language: English