Tips for Students

Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class


  •  Preparing to Go to the Archives. Here is an easy to read manual by Samuel J. Redman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Historical Research in Archives: A Practical Guide (Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2013). Check out this link too.
  • Organizing research. If you are writing a paper, try these tips from two Rutgers faculty (please note: there is more than one right way to organize research, and it all depends on how your mind works best!) And here’s a collection of digital research tools. Experiment with open source tools like Zotero, or the free version of one of the commercial tools, before making any expensive purchases.

Career Advice

  • Need a recommendation? Make an appointment to come talk to me, and make sure you give me the recommendation forms, a stamped and addressed envelope (if it is not an electronic submission), and your deadlines. I prefer at least a month’s notice.
  • So you want to go to graduate school in history? Here are my reasons not to go to graduate school. At least not until you have a plan about work off the academic tenure-track that appeals to you. Make sure you read the comments section for a full range of views, some of which differ from mine.