Welcome to Dr. Siekmeier's History Research Capstone (HIST 484)
This guide is designed to help researchers enrolled in Dr. Siekmeier's section of History 484 locate historical documents, books, and scholarly journal articles with particular emphasis on 20th Century U.S. foreign relations and diplomatic history. Many of the electronic resources included here are licensed for the use of WVU students and faculty. Access from off-campus locations requires your WVU username and password.
The capstone project requires you to locate a variety of both primary and secondary sources. These are defined as:
Secondary Sources - "texts - such as books, articles, or documentary films - that are written or created by people who were not eyewitnesses to the events or period in question; instead, the authors of secondary sources synthesize, analyze, and interpret primary sources..."(Rampolla, 2012).
Primary Sources - "are materials produced by people or groups directly involved in the event or topic under consideration, either as participants or as witnesses...Some primary sources are written documents, such as letters; diaries; newspapers and magazine articles; speeches; autobiographies; treatises; census data; and marriage, birth, and death registers" (Rampolla, 2012).
Essays by subject experts treat concepts and doctrines, policymaking, commerce and science, human rights and arms control, with specific articles on topics ranging from anti-imperialism to environmental diplomacy, from refugee policies to terrorism and countermeasures.