Resources for Students

This section provides posts for students on matters not necessarily covered in departmental or module handbooks.

Posts covering aspects of learning at undergraduate and postgraduate level include:

  • Glossary of useful terms in higher education and educational jargon
  • theoretical problems relating to the study of History
  • user-friendly resources to help you to make the most of your learning opportunities
  • advice on use of archives for beginners
  • tips for writing a dissertation
  • use of social and digital media
  • guides to historical sources and archives for non-historians
  • navigating the challenges of masters and research degrees
  • guidance to postgraduates beginning to lecture and teach
  • the relationship between history and other forms of activity such as the heritage industry.

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Teaching the Tudors on a two-way street

Teaching the Tudors on a two-way street

Dr John Cooper was runner-up in the 2020 RHS Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. Here, he reflects on the importance of open dialogue in teaching: between undergraduate year groups, who've much to teach one another, and between...

Data Protection and Historical Research: The Basics

Data Protection and Historical Research: The Basics

Recent data protection laws, implemented across Europe in 2018, have implications for academic researchers. The Royal Historical Society recently published a set of guidelines to help researchers navigate the legal requirements around data protection. Here, Dr...

Making sense of your research

Making sense of your research

In this post, Dr Andrew Foster offers guidance to PhD research students about how to make sense of their research during the PhD process. His guidance offers to encourage students through the highs and lows of research, and poses a series of questions to support...

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities in Historical Studies

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities in Historical Studies

There are many funding opportunities for history researchers to apply for in the UK and internationally, including research and travel grants, and library fellowships. Funding grants and fellowship opportunities are advertised across the year, although some have...

Working in Archives

Working in Archives

In this post, Dr Mary Morrissey, Associate Professor in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Reading, offers advice to those who are beginning to work with historical archives. She explains how to locate archival information, understanding how archival...

Tips on Using Bibliographic Software

Tips on Using Bibliographic Software

Linda Robertson, who has extensive experience working as a librarian, offers her views on the advantages of using technological aids for bibliographic research. In this post, she gives a detailed analysis about how to use the bibliographic software EndNote as a useful...

Finding historical sources for the first time

Finding historical sources for the first time

In this guest post, Dr Mary Morrissey, Associate Professor in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Reading, offers some starting points and advice to those who are using historical sources for the first time. She points the reader to some online...

The Anatomy of a Thesis

The Anatomy of a Thesis

In this post, historian Dr Andrew Foster provides research students with a general guide about the main elements of writing up a PhD thesis. The advice Dr Foster gives is based on years of discussions with research students in seminars and workshops about the...