This course requires students to conduct extensive interviews. Suppose the individual you interview mentions some person, or some event, or some place that needs a little more research to determine context. Does your interviewee's position reflect the viewpoints of many others, or is he/she an outlier in terms of their understanding of an event, movement, or controversy? How do historians and other scholars understand the issues your interviewee discussed?
This guide will help you to quickly and efficiently find credible library sources that contextualize and complicate your interviewee's narration.
Professor Spodek's "interviewing" assignment provides students with the opportunity to explore reference works, a type of library resource frequently overlooked by students. Reference works can help researchers to quickly contextualize, for example, an historical event such as the Vietnam War; an historical phenomenon such as Mexican and Central American immigration to the United States; or an historical actor such as the genocidal dictator of Guatemala in the 1980s, Ríos Montt. Scholarly encyclopedia articles, and, in history, historiographical essays, summarize scholarly consensus and debates, identify the most useful secondary and primary works, and even suggest future directions for research.
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Manage your citations with RefWorks, a tool that allows researchers to easily import, export, search, and create automatically formatted bibliographies online. Citations found via searches in library databases such as JSTOR and many other databases can be imported directly into RefWorks. No manual typing required. Bibliographies generated within RefWorks can then be exported to Word in virtually any citation format, e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian and others.