How to Use the Digital History Reader


Every module of the Digital History Reader includes a list of additional resources, both online and in print, for further reading. For more about how to read historical documents, for example, students might consult the following:

Printed Materials

James W. Davidson and Mark H. Lytle, After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (New York: McGraw Hill, 2005).

William B. Wheeler and Susan Becker, Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002).

Robert C. Williams, The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003).

Online Resources

The Historian's Toolbox: Skills for History Majors. Look especially at Chapter 4, "Evaluating Sources."

History Matters. Review the section, "Making Sense of Evidence."

The National Archives' Digital Classroom. Look especially at the section, "History in the Raw," and the Analysis Worksheets under "Teaching With Documents."