PART 1: THE STUDY OF HISTORY. The nature and value of history.
History and the social sciences. History and the natural sciences.
PART 2: RESEARCH METHODS. Research tools. Historical sources.
Planning a research project. Locating and indexing source material.
Evaluating source material. Research notes. Illustrate
Research for a higher degree. Publication of article and books. PART 3: STYLISTIC CONVENTIONS. Abbreviations, numbers and punctuation. Typescript format. Footnote and bibliography references. Proofreading. Indexing
Dr W. H. McDowell is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh