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Research and writing in the disciplines: History and Anthropology

Brief descriptions of the thinking and writing most valued by individual disciplines; recommended library databases

Writing

While History and Anthropology are both Social Sciences and hang a lot of importance on the same values of the Social Sciences, they also have expectations of their own that must be considered when writing for these fields. Here is what readers in these fields are looking for:

  • Analysis and inclusion of primary sources. These fields rely really heavily on understanding what was happening at a given time, so materials from the time should be included in writing unless your teacher specifies something different.
  • Situating a topic in the time it happened. In these fields you should always try to imagine and convey the issues of the cultural situation surrounding the event.
  • Multiple disciplines for evidence. In both of these fields you are expected to draw on scholarship from other disciplines to help build a complete sense of an issue.

Research sources

Both disciplines, history and anthropology, are well covered in the following databases.

Browse library databases:‚Äč

Primary sources:

Many primary sources for history are becoming available on the web in digitized collections such as the Library of Congress's American Memory site.

Links to research guides

These are links to research guides created here at TCC either for a specific discipline or program or for a specific assignment.  They will give you a little deeper understanding of what instructors might require. 

Library guides about history and primary sources:

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