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Seminar in Historical Methodology

Getting Started

Focus your topic with the help of encyclopedias

Maud Gonne (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
Maud Gonne (Encyclopedia of Irish History & Culture)
The development of gender history (Encyclopedia of European Social History)

Carefully review the suggested reading lists in encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries.

Start thinking about possible primary sources

  • Autobiography?
  • Correspondence?
  • Published diaries?
  • Contemporary news coverage?
  • ...

What types of primary source materials could be available for your topic?

Primary Sources

Visit the Rearch Guide for Primary Sources for advice on research strategies.


Maud Gonne's correspondence
Maud Gonne's autobiography
Maud Gonne's political writings
The United Irishwomen: their place, work and ideals
(Dublin, 1911. Gerritsen collection)

Literature Review

Citing Your Sources

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jseibert Jutta Seibert
Team Leader - Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Thursday, August 28th, 2014