Historical Research

tekijä: Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo Viimeisin muutos tiistai 09. maaliskuuta 2010, 14.48


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Historical research enables you to explore and explain the meanings, phases and characteristics of a phenomenon or process at a particular point of time in the past. We differentiate historical research as a research strategy from the research of history, which refers to research in the discipline of history.

The variable focus of your research is time. Your essential aim is to identify appearances of your chosen phenomenon in a temporally defined situation and environment. The strategy of historical research is also suitable in other disciplines as it enables you to focus on exploring the historical appearances of phenomena.

The strategy of historical research is linked to the strategy of hermeneutics, as defining and explaining events in the past are based on interpretations. You can, as in hermeneutic research, use various approaches. You can use a variety of methods of analysis. Qualitative analysis is the norm, but quantitative analysis can also explain the past.

Read more on historical research from the links below:

The Historian´s Sources, Student lesson. The Library of Congress.

Historical Method. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Hacker, Diana, 2009. Researching in History. Research and Documentation Online.

Cronon, William, 2009. Learning to Do Historical Research. A Primer for Environmental Historians and Others. Learning Historical Research.