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  • 1.  Help with Finding a Methods Book

    Posted 03-16-2019 01:21:00 PM

    I am turning to the community for help in finding methods books to assign for intro US History survey courses. I am currently using Sleuthing the Alamo by James Crisp in my introductory Texas History survey course and it seems to be going quite well. I find this book helpful for demonstrating the process of research; how to begin with a question and hunt for answers. It also demonstrates the nature of historiography and the inner workings of the historical profession in an accessible manner for the students. With the success of this book in my classes, I was wondering if there was anything similar available for other subfields in history. Specifically, does anyone know of a similar resource that could be used for the US history survey (Part 1 or Part 2)? I know there are a lot of great methods books out there, but I am looking for something more approachable that would especially appeal to non-majors.


    Aaron Dilday
    PhD Candidate
    Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX

  • 2.  RE: Help with Finding a Methods Book

    Posted 05-15-2019 10:50:00 AM
    Hi Aaron,

    Although I have not used it, I have heard good things about After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection. You can see the description of volume one here: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/product/after-fact-art-historical-detection-volume-i-davidson-lytle/M9780077292683.html

    Best wishes on your search,

    Robert Gudmestad
    Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins
    Fort Collins CO