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*History Research Guide

Start here for an overview of the research process in History, with suggested resources.

Looking for topic ideas?

Not sure what to research? Try browsing a specialized encyclopedia for topic ideas. Each entry is written by a scholar in the field and may include citations to important books and articles.

Now what?

Once you have a topic you'd like to research, and perhaps have read some basic information, think critically about what we know and how we know it.

  • What is sickness? What is healthy?
  • Who gets sick? Who has access to medical treatment?
  • What role do institutions like hospitals, government agencies, or businesses play in medical decisions?
  • How do ideas or practices of medicine change over time? Why?
  • Who are considered medical professionals? How do they relate to patients? Other types of professionals?
  • What is considered ethical? How have ethics changed over time?

Try to challenge your own preconceived notions about medicine. Challenge the terminology you use, and brainstorm new questions.

Ready for research?

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