Research, Note-taking, and Digital Tools

Use the following links to begin research

Simpson Library

Online databases for historical research
Note-Taking Options

  1. Note Cards
  2. Post-It Notes
  3. Word Processor (with or without templates)
    1. Outlines or free-form notes
  4. Citation (or other pay note-taking software like Nota Bene)
  5. Microsoft OneNote
  6. Excel/Access–For information in larger quantities that is consistent in its form (e.g., the census).
  7. Scribe – GMU’s CHNM free note-taking software
  8. Zotero — CHNM’s free Internet research tool [See Demo]

The following list came from suggestions from my HIST299 section last year. This students in this course, a methods class for all history majors, blogged about their methods of note-taking.

  1. Start with the bibliographic info — Jessica & others
  2. Keep track of location of all information and note useful quotes — Justin
  3. Use hanging indents to separate information in early stages — Jessica
  4. Begin to organize materials by argument early on — Jessica & Cheryl
  5. Use a preliminary outline to help organize — Ellen
  6. Use a table to keep track of themes or arguments — Amanda
  7. Color Coding — Kari

Other Digital Tools

Google Reader

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Sgt York clip

This clip is from the Gary Cooper movie about Alvin York’s life.

How does the clip match up with York’s own memoir of the events that earned him such honors?

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Talk by UMW Graduate on Veterans

From the press release from UMW:

Dianna Rowell, staff psychologist at the Veterans Administration (V.A.) Health Care System in East Orange, N.J., has been named Graduate-in-Residence for the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Psychology.

Rowell will visit the Fredericksburg campus for three days, including Thursday, September 16 for a public lecture, “Hidden Wounds of War: Psychological Treatment of Returning Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.”  The talk will take place in Jepson Science Center, Room 100 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

You all should consider attending the talk given its relevance for our course.