Historical Research Workshop

Tag Archive for research question

TQR Statement

Given that I am carrying on my research topic for a final paper a delayed and retroactive TQR is actually very useful. The current question I am working with is ‘What determined government policy towards Italian Americans during World War…

TQR Statement

My chosen topic for research is the history of the Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. Hunters Point is where I grew up. It is located in the far southeast corner of SF and has been notorious for crime and…

TQR: Rocio Garcia

My topic of interest is the Japanese Internment specifically centered on UC Berkeley Japanese American students. I chose this topic because I am required to write about the Japanese internment in my writing class, so I figured I’d kill two…

TQR Practice and The Footnote

Hello y’all. In this post I will be doing a TQR for Soviet Computing History. Topic: I want to look at how economic factors decided the fate of the Soviet computing effort and how this crucially crippled the Soviet efforts…

TQR: Cord Brooks

Provisional TQR: I am studying print history in post-Reformation England because I want to find out when and why it became acceptable to start re-publishing “dangerous” Catholic texts in order to help my reader understand how a Protestant England eventually…

TQR: Kamyar Jarahzadeh

With the permission of the facilitators, I have two separate TQRs to present. I will pursue whichever seems the most fruitful. First, my original topic was an investigation into the political activity of the early Iranian community at UC Berkeley.…

TQR: Korey

Topic: I am studying the origins and evolution of tattooing in American history starting with the Civil War into World War II. Q: Because I want to how the art form transformed its meaning and significance throughout American history. R:…

Recap, Week 4: Questions, Keywords, Catalogs

This week we explored starting the research process on the right foot by formulating a question, generating a keyword cloud, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your library catalog searches.

Prezi (full screen recommended):

Journal Prompt:
Formulate your own TQR statement and break it down to create your own keyword cloud. Use OskiCat to find a book in Main Stacks (or some other library) on your topic. Browse its table of contents, index, and skim its introduction and tell us about what you learned. What are the major categories that your topic is broken up into? Did you find new keywords in the index? What are you interested in learning more about next?

If you’re having trouble coming up with keywords for your topic, visit the reference room on the second floor of Doe to browse specialized encyclopedias. We also highly recommend making an appointment with Jennifer Dorner, the History specialist at the library. You can contact her at jdorner@library.berkeley.edu. Check out her blog to get updates on the library’s new resources.

Next week:
We’ll be talking about online databases and research tools. If you have a laptop, please bring it to class and get your proxy server set up before class.

Resources:

TQR: Hannah

This semester I’ll be researching the history and appeal of performance parody as a method of political criticism, because I want to understand why satirists of different cultures and time periods have used such a specific, seemingly limited satirical technique…

I have decided to research the amount of people who decided to leave the cities in nineteenth century America. T: I am studying the rate of de-urbanization in New York and Chicago, from 1840 to 1900 Q: because I want…