The Micro-Historian's Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions
by Reginald W. Bacon
Subtitled "Step-by-Step Research Planning & Execution." Imparts useful guidance to motivated historians, genealogists, special-interest researchers, and local history enthusiasts. As long-buried sources become available via the internet, more regular folks without a Ph.D. in history are joining the fun of information-gathering and shining new light on under-explored history - yet often with no foundation of method. The author answers the call with this concise volume, "paying forward" the guidance received by long-ago mentors as well as by present-day historians and archivists. Topics include research planning & execution, evaluation of evidence, formulation of conclusions, and the crafting of a summary narrative. Each topic is enriched by practical examples from the author's experience. The aim is to help the new practitioner build a foundation of research skills that leads to evidence-based conclusions. 6" x 9" 112 pp.