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Williams (emer., history, Davidson College) provides a useful overview of the important issues and practical applications of conducting historical research. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1, "The Craft of History," includes a theoretical discussion of the historian's role in framing questions, interpreting evidence, creating narrative, and determining meaning. Part 2, "Tools of History," is lengthier and more practical. Williams covers the fundamentals of writing, researching primary and secondary sources, and providing documentation. He also examines issues related to professional standards and ethics, such as plagiarism and forgeries, along with historical controversies and revisionism, and includes examples illustrating each topic. The chapters end with a "task" for students to perform to further enhance their understanding of the craft of history. There is also a helpful glossary of historical terms. An excellent guide for the aspiring historian. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduate and graduate collections. E. R. Hitchcock Middle Tennesse State University
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