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Unit information: Research Methods in 2015/16

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Unit name Research Methods
Unit code HISTM2010
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Holdenried
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The object of the unit is to provide the practical advice and skills essential for the design of students' dissertations, for their subsequent research and the presentation of their findings. It deals with how to formulate a research question, where to locate documentary and non-documentary evidence, how to evaluate and use different types of evidence, how to organise research materials, and how to apply this knowledge to the chosen area of each student's dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be expected to:

  • have developed a detailed understanding of important techniques and approaches necessary for undertaking research
  • have identified a range of primary sources, and relevant secondary literature, which will form the basis for the project they will undertake
  • have begun to formulate their own plan for research, which will subsequently become their dissertation

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Presentatiion setting out scope of dissertation

Reading and References

  • J Foster and J Sheppard, British archives: a guide to archive resources in the United Kingdom 3rd ed. (1995) Ref. CD1040 FOS
  • C Cook, Sources in British political history 1900‑51 (6 vols) Z 2020 COO
  • C Cook, The Longman Guide to Sources in Contemporary British History (2 vols) Z 2016 LON
  • P Catterall, British History 1945‑1987: an annotated Bibliography Z 2020 CAT
  • Ian Mortimer, Record repositories in Great Britain 10th ed. (1997) Pamphlet CD 1040 REC
  • K Robbins, A Bibliography of British History, 1914‑1989 Z 2020 ROB
  • Contemporary British History (formerly Contemporary Record) Serial DA 588.C6
  • Contemporary European History Serial D 1050.C6
  • British Union Catalogue of Periodicals held by Interlibrary loans
  • D Englefield, 'Parliamentary sources' in A Seldon Contemporary History (ch 7) D 16 CON
  • A Seldon, Contemporary History: practice and methods D16 Con
  • A Marwick, The Nature of History (ch 5) D13 Mar
  • L Butler and A Gorst, Modern British History: a guide to study and research D 16 Mod