Zotero Workshop – Monday 9/30, bring computers

Zotero On Monday, bring computers to class!¬† We’ll be working with Zotero, “your personal research assistant,” a free tool that can help with collecting citations, organizing related data, producing notes and bibliographies, as well as other useful tasks related to research.

Download links for the main program and “Zotero Connector” (for your browser) can be found here.

Other helpful links:

Quick Start Guide (including a summary of features)

Installation Instructions

Word Processor Plugins Also includes video screencasts.

Full Documentation and Forums for digging in deeper


Meet at the Library on Friday, 9/20 (Rm 225) – Be Early!

We’re meeting at Simpson Library for our class on Friday. Jack Bales will be hosting the class and leading an expert workshop on databases, search strategies, and more for History methods students.

Please remember to be on time–which means a few minutes early, so you have time to set up. Computers will be helpful, or good ole notebooks and pens. Come ready with literature review topic ideas and questions. We’ll jump in and be rolling for the full 50 minutes!

Jack Bales is the UMW Reference and Humanities Librarian. He is also the well-known author of multiple publications on baseball history–particularly the history of the Chicago Cubs. His most recent work is the book, Before They Were the Cubs: The Early Years of Chicago’s First Professional Baseball Team (McFarland 2019). See last spring’s EagleEye interview for more!

Taking Flight: First Blog Post for Next Week

Are your domains set up? Subdomains for hist297? Here’s where to go if you’re stuck and a look at next steps towards our first blog post assignment (due Tues, 9/10, midnight).

As noted on our syllabus, your site for 297 is intended as a portfolio of your work in the course. We’ll have a set of assignments across different weeks in which you’ll share blog posts on themes related to the process of writing history, our readings and working analyses, and your own development of a literature review project, among other themes.

Think of this as a place to develop your thoughts and brainstorm ahead of class, to log your own work, and to build a project portfolio of your own. Feel free to add your own posts and project updates beyond our minimum assignments.

p.s. For another History major portfolio example, including HIST 297 work, see alum Natalie Griffitts‘ site!

Next steps? A quick check list:
– Have domain your hist297.[myname].org subdomain sites set up? WordPress installed? If you still need help, head to the digital knowledge center.

– Explore the help guides for WordPress basics and particuarly video guides to using the Gutenberg editor to create posts (what people read on your site) and pages (where people read it).

– Jump into the blog post for Tuesday! And, in the meantime, please send your hist297 site URL address to Dr. Fernsebner at sfernseb [at] umw.edu

Image: From barnstormer / daredevil Carter Buton. Carter Buton Album Loan 00018. San Diego Air and Space Museum. Via Flickr Commons. [Accessed 9.5.2019] Link

Ready to dive in? HIST 297 Syllabus Available

Hello All,

Dr. Fernsebner’s HIST 297 syllabus is online — just head to the Syllabus page here¬† to find it. NOTE: if you downloaded the previously posted one (up earlier this week), please re-download this new one… it fixes an important glitch or two, including a note re: grade point values for assignments.

Looking forward to meeting you in class on Monday!

– Dr. Fernsebner

Welcome to HIST 297!

Hello All!

Welcome to History 297! If you’re shopping for books, there’s just two required for this course:

Cohen, Paul. History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth. New York: Columbia UP, 1998.

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers and Saints (Boxed Set). New York: First Second Books, 2013.

Buy new or used, as desired, or read the copies we’ll have freely available on reserve at Simpson Library! Remember you will need page numbers to cite the works (beware electronic editions lacking them) for written assignments.

Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks!

– Dr. Fernsebner