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What is the history of the American Revolution? The answer is not simple.
While season 1 looked at how historians work, the mission of season 2, Doing History: To the Revolution, is to ask how different historians interpret the events and people at the center of the American Revolution and to help listeners see the connections—and possible disconnects—between the different approaches.
Episode 97: Billy Smith, How to Organize Your Research
What do historians do with all of the information they collect when they research?
How do they access their research in a way that allows them to find the information they need to write the books and articles we enjoy reading?
Billy Smith, a Professor of History at Montana State University, joins us as part of our “Doing History: How Historians Work” series to lead us on an exploration of how historians organize and access their research.
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