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A guide to help find resources for History courses. It may also be used for general reference to find books about various countries, historical events and time frames.
Professor Fujita’s courses:
HIST 151: World History to 1500
HIST 152: World History since 1500
HIST 281: American History I (to 1877)
HIST 282: American History II (after 1877)
Book selection requirements:
Pick any topic that falls within the time frame of the class. This includes books about people or events.
The book should focus on history and be nonfiction with college level reading.
A minimum of 200 pages of actual content is needed, not including appendices, bibliographies, glossaries, indexes, full page maps/pictures, or notes.
The book may be in print or ebook format.
Please see Professor Fujita to approve your selection.
Book genres to avoid:
Please refer to your current course syllabus for requirement updates.
Subjects covered: World War. Politics and Government, Foreign Relations
Subjects covered: World Politics 1945-1989, United States, Russia.
Subjects covered: China, Social Aspects, History
Subjects covered: Germany, Unification, Social Conditions
Subjects covered: France, Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon Biography
Subjects covered: Thanksgiving Day, New England, Pilgrims
Subjects covered: Presidents, Politics and Government, Election
Subjects covered: Legislators, African Americans, Biography
Subjects covered: Abraham Lincoln, Politics and Government, Civil War
Subjects covered: 19th Century, Mark Twain Biography, American Author
Subjects covered: Massachusetts, Politics and Government, Democratic Party
Subjects covered: American Revolution, History, 1775-1783
Selecting a Research Topic
Choose a topic that interests you. This is the most important step! Start broad first, then narrow down your topic. Remember to keep it simple!
If your topic is too broad, you may find too much information
The 5Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why) can be used to help select a research topic
Who: Famous or Infamous People Examples:
HIST152- Jack the Ripper (London Serial Killer)
HIST282- Henry Ford (Founder of Ford Motor Company)
What: Historical Events Examples:
HIST281- The American Civil War (1861 - 1865)
HIST282- The Wall Street Crash of 1929
When: Specific Years or Time Periods Examples:
HIST152- Japanese Edo Period (1603 - 1868)
HIST151- European Crusades (1096 -1291)
Where: Geography or Significant Places Examples:
HIST151- The Giza Pyramids
HIST282- The Pentagon
Why: For what reason did this happen?
Tip: The 5Ws relate to each other and can be used to write your paper. Start with one and fill out the rest for additional research ideas when writing your paper.
Example: The Giza Pyramids (Where)
(Who) built the pyramids?
(What) are the pyramids? What do they look like? What are they made out of?
(When) were the pyramids built? What year were they constructed?
(Why) were the pyramids built?
http://go.hawaii.edu/4CA [New Window]
This Google Sheet [New Window] contains lists of suggested book titles for Prof. Fujita's book assignment. The books are organized by course sections labeled in the tabs on the bottom of the sheet. Each column can be sorted to assist in your search. (Upon opening the document, lists are sorted by time period.)
Contact the Reference Desk [New Window] for assistance finding other titles.
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