Research approaches

Doing graduate level history means going beyond the accepted narrative, investigating, analyzing, and bringing materials to light using your own historical scholarship.

Straight Narrative History
An example of this would be “looking at” a specific incident or trend, without asking any specific question. In this case, one would simply describe what each of the major groups or individuals did at various points before, during, and after the event. You will want to do more than this—unless your topic has never received this treatment.
Asking “Why?”
You could look at your topic and focus analysis around investigating why something happened when and where it did. Here you would be looking at motives.
Asking “What effect did it have?”
What were the long term effects of a historical trend or event on the basic course of the history of the Village and the United States.
Asking “What actually happened?"
When the record of events is unclear or subject to interpretation, you use available resources to establish what happened, who was responsible, and how the story has become muddled.
Asking "Who is Right?"
If historians have different opinions on the history of the Village or on your topic, analyze and interpret which, if any, are right be filtering the argument through your research and sources.
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