Seminar in communication history topic: historical research methods in communication



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CIS 672 SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION HISTORY

TOPIC: HISTORICAL RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION

1. Weeks 2-3: Each week, read one of the books on the attached list and prepare a report of approximately five typewritten, double-spaced pages. Make an extra copy for each member of the class.


2. Week 4: read Gottschalk, Understanding History.
3. Week 5: read Barzun and Graff, The Modern Researcher.
4. Weeks 6-7: Design an ideal, “perfect” historical research project, including the items indicated on the attached “Prospectus.”
5. Weeks 8-16: Conduct a historical research project, approaching as best as can be done the “perfect” project designed in assignment #4. “Drafts” will be due during week 15. Revisions can then be made before December 4.
Final exam period: Public presentation on research project.

Readings
Standard Works
Barzun, Jacques, and Henry F. Graff. The Modern Re­searcher. 5th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
Wm. David Sloan and Michael Stamm, Historical Methods in Communication, 3d ed. Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2010. This book is available in our College’s Reading Room at one-half the retail price. The Reading Room keeps all proceeds.
The Study of History
Appleby, Joyce, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob. Telling the Truth About History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994.
Butterfield, Herbert. The Origins of History. New York: Basic Books, 1981 (reprint).
Carr, Edward Hallett. What is History? New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965.
Conkin, Paul K., and Roland N. Stromberg. The Heritage and Challenge of History. New York: Dodd Mead & Company, 1971. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Davidson, James West, and Mark Hamilton Lytle. After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection. 2nd ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.
Elton, G.R. The Practice of History. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1967.
Evans, Richard. In Defense of History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.
Goldstein, Leon J. Historical Knowing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1976. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Goldstein, Leon J. What and the Why of History. New York: E.J. Brill, 1996.
Guinsburg, Thomas N., ed. The Dimensions of History. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1971. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Gustavson, Carl G. The Mansion of History. New York: Mc­Graw-Hill Book Company, 1976. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Handlin, Oscar. Truth in History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979.
Hexter, Jack H. Doing History. Bloomington: Indiana Uni­versity Press, 1971.
Himmelfarb, Gertrude. The New History and the Old. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.
Hobsbawn, Eric. On History. New York: The New Press, 1997.
Lewis, Bernard. History Remembered, Recovered, Invented. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1975. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Marwick, Arthur. The Nature of History. London: Macmillan, 1970.
Murphey, Murray G. Our Knowledge of the Historical Past. In­dianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973.
Nash, Gary B., Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn. History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Smith, Page. The Historian and History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
Stephens, Lester D. Probing the Past: A Guide to the Study and Teaching of History. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc., 1974. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Vaughn, Stephen. The Vital Past: Writings on the Uses of His­tory. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1985.
Windschuttle, Keith. The Killing of History: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past. New York: The Free Press, 1997. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Conducting Historical Research
Aydelotte, William O., Allan G. Bogue, and Robert W. Fogel, eds. The Dimensions of Quantitative Research in History. Prince­ton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1972.
Barzun, Jacques. Clio and the Doctors. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
Benson, Lee. Toward the Scientific Study of History. Philadel­phia: Lippincott, 1972.
Cantor, N.F., and R.I. Schneider. How To Study History. Northbrook, Ill.: AHM Publishing Corp., 1970.
Clark, G. Kitson. The Critical Historian. New York: Basic Books, 1967.
Daniels, Robert V. Studying History: How and Why. 3d ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1981.
Dollar, Charles M., and Richard J. Jensen. Historian's Guide to Statistics: Quantitative Analysis and Historical Research. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.
Elton, G.R. Political History: Principles and Practice. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1970.
Felt, Thomas E. Researching, Writing, and Publishing Local History. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1981.
Fischer, David Hackett. Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.
Fling, Fred M. Outline of Historical Method. New York: B. Franklin, 1971. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Gottschalk, Louis. Understanding History: A Primer of His­torical Method. 2nd ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
Heller, Louis G. Communicational Analysis and Methodology for Historians. New York: New York University Press, 1971. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Hexter, Jack H. The History Primer. New York: Basic Books, 1971.
Hockett, Homer Carey. The Critical Method in Historical Re­search and Writing. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977 (reprint).
Isenberg, Michael T. Puzzles of the Past: An Introduction to Thinking About History. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1985.
Landes, David S., and Charles Tilley, eds. History as Social Science. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971.
McClellan, Peter D. Causal Explanation and Model Building in History, Economics, and the New Economic History. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1975.
Mahoney, James. Local History: A Guide for Research and Writing. Washington: National Education Association, 1981.
Nevins, Allan. The Gateway to History. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1962.
Salmon, Lucy Maynard. The Newspaper and the Historian. New York: Oxford University Press, 1923.
Sanderlin, David. Writing the History Paper: How to Select, Collect, Interpret, Organize, and Write Your Term Paper. New York: Barron's Education Series, 1975.
Shafer, Robert J., et. al., eds. A Guide to Historical Method. 3rd ed. Homewood, Ill.: Dorsey Press, 1980.
Small, Melvin, ed. Public Opinion and Historians: Interdisci­plinary Perspectives. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1970.
Smith, Paul. The Historian and Film. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
Stoffle, Carla J., and Simon Carter. Materials and Methods for History Research. New York: Libraryworks, 1979.
Taft, William H. Newspapers as Tools for Historians. Columbia, Mo.: Lucas Brothers, 1970. NOT IN UA LIBRARY
Taylor, Robert M. Jr., and Ralph J. Crandall., eds. Genera­tions and Change: Genealogical Perspectives in Social History. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1986.
Tholfsen, Trygve R. Historical Thinking: An Introduction. New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
Thompson, Paul. Voice of the Past: Oral History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History. London: Longman, 1986.
Vansina, Jan. Oral Tradition as History. Madison: Univer­sity of Wisconsin Press, 1985.
Winks, Robin W., ed. The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence. New York: Harper and Row, 1969.

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