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HIST104: Historical Methodology - The Art and Craft of the Historian

Unit 9: What is History good for?   In this course, we have looked at what it means to be a historian and conduct historical research.  We have evaluated research practices and discussed how to locate and use historical information for various purposes.  In this final unit, we will look at professional and personal applications for historical research.  We will discuss careers in history and look at other ways that historical research can be disseminated to the general public.  Finally, we will address how history can be a fun and engaging hobby for people of all ages.    

Unit 9 Time Advisory
Completing this unit should take you approximately 13 hours.

☐    Subunit 9.1: 10 hours

    ☐    Subunit 9.1.1: 2 hours

    ☐    Subunit 9.1.2: 2 hours

    ☐    Subunit 9.1.3: 2 hours

    ☐    Subunit 9.1.4: 2 hours

    ☐    Subunit 9.1.5: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 9.2: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 9.3: 1 hour

Unit9 Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to: - Exercise fundamental writing skills. - Assess how historical subjects may be best presented to various audiences.   - Identify and assess possible career choices that depend on knowledge and understanding of historical research practices.

 

  • Reading: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Introduction” Link: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Introduction” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Read this chapter.
     
    This webpage contains an introduction derived from the print publication Careers for Students of History by Constance Shulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen. The author group is comprised of faculty and students who attended or worked in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina in
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9.1 History Careers   9.1.1 Teaching   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in the Classroom: Schools, Colleges, and Universities” Link: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in the Classroom: Schools, Colleges, and Universities (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this chapter.
 
This webpage contains an electronic version of chapter 1 of the print publication Careers for Students of History by Constance Shulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen. The author group is comprised of faculty and students who attended or worked in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina in 2002.
 
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9.1.2 Museums   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in Museums” Link: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in Museums (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this chapter.
 
This webpage contains an electronic version of chapter 2 of the print publication Careers for Students of History by Constance Shulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen. The author group is comprised of faculty and students who attended or worked in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina in 2002.
 
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9.1.3 Archival Work   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in Archives” Link: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in Archives (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this chapter.
 
This webpage contains an electronic version of chapter 4 of the print publication Careers for Students of History by Constance Shulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen. The author group is comprised of faculty and students who attended or worked in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina in 2002.
 
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9.1.4 Government   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in Federal, State, and Local Government” Link: The American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians in Federal, State, and Local Government (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this chapter.
 
This webpage contains an electronic version of chapter 6 of the print publication Careers for Students of History by Constance Shulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen. The author group is comprised of faculty and students who attended or worked in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina in 2002.
 
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9.1.5 Private Industry   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians as Consultants and Contractors” Link: The American Historical Association’s Careers for Students of History: “Historians as Consultants and Contractors (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read this chapter.
 
This webpage contains an electronic version of chapter 7 of the print publication Careers for Students of History by Constance Shulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen. The author group is comprised of faculty and students who attended or worked in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina in 2002.
 
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9.2 Publication and Dissemination of Research   9.2.1 Online   - Reading: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: AHA's Perspectives (February 1998): Carl Smith’s “Can You Do Serious History on the Web?” Link: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: AHA's Perspectives (February 1998): Carl Smith’s “Can You Do Serious History on the Web?” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read the article on the webpage.
 
This article is originally from the “Computers and Software” column in the February 1998 issue of the American Historical Association’s online publication called Perspectives.
 
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9.2.2 Journals   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Perspectives: Robert A. Schneider’s “The Golden Age of the Scholarly Article Is Now” Link: American Historical Association’s Perspectives: Robert A. Schneider’s “The Golden Age of the Scholarly Article Is Now” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read the article on the webpage.
 
This article is originally from the “Noteworthy” column in the September 2006 issue of the American Historical Association’s online publication called Perspectives.
 
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9.2.3 Books   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Perspectives: Elaine Maisner’s “Getting Published by a University Press” Link: The American Historical Association’s Perspectives: Elaine Maisner’s “Getting Published by a University Press” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read the article on the webpage.
 
This article is originally from the “Publishing History” column in the May 2002 issue of the American Historical Association’s online publication called Perspectives.
 
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9.2.4 Other Media   - Reading: American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History: Daniel J. Cohen’s “Pragmatic as well as Prescient: Digital History Education at George Mason University” Link: American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History: Daniel J. Cohen’s “Pragmatic as well as Prescient: Digital History Education at George Mason University” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read the article on the webpage.
 
This article is originally from the “Intersections: History and New Media” column in the May 2009 issue of the American Historical Association’s online publication called Perspectives on History.
 
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9.3 Personal Edification   9.3.1 Historical Reenactments and Living History   - Reading: The Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums: “Living History Help” Link: The Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums: “Living History Help” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Review the webpage.
 
Note on the text: This webpage explores the question “what is living history?” This website contains information on the living history community.
 
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End of Unit Assessment   - Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: Unit 9 Quiz” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: Unit 9 Quiz” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Complete the linked quiz above.  When you are done, check your work against The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: Unit 9 Quiz Answer Key.” (PDF)

End of Course Assessment   - Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: End of Course Short Answer Quiz” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: End of Course Short Answer Quiz” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Complete the linked quiz above.  When you are done, check your work against The Saylor Foundation’s “HIST104: End of Course Short Answer Quiz Answer Key.” (PDF)