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History 6900 Introduction to Historical Research: Syllabus

Instruction in the basic tools and techniques of historical research

Class Syllabus for Introduction to Historical Research



Fall 2016 (History 6900

Instructor: Dr. David Simonelli





Library Visit Instructions

You are encouraged to visit the History Librarian's office to discuss your proposal.  He will help you find appropriate scholarly materials from the Maag collection and can assist you in your selection of your topic. . Please call 330-941-1719 or email him at to arrange your meeting.  

Mr. Ault  is usually in the library from 9 to 4 Monday through Friday.    A whiteboard on his office door indicates his schedule changes and his phone has voice mail.

He looks forward to discussing your assignments with you.   



Class Readings

Many students have found  that this Maag Library database,  Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a good place to start finding subjects and as the name implies, views from both sides of an issue. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Resources are divided into topics which contains numerous full text pieces further categorized by the nature of their material: viewpoints (essays), reference, statistics, magazines and newspapers, images, primary documents and web sites.  Give it a try!

Subject Guide

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Bob Ault
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Room 209

Steven Colbert wants you to remember "You're On Notice!

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Ash and Smoke: The Holocaust in Salonika

Purchase a YSU Documentary to Benefit Scholarship

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Now Available For Purchase!

A joint effort of YSU’s Maag Library, History Department and the Department of Media & Academic Computing, this one hour documentary was broadcast by Public Television’s  Western Reserve Public Media  during the 2011-12 season and was rebroadcast in 2013. It may also premiere on WGTE in Toledo. Here is a preview.

This Jambar article discussed the creation of the program. It was featured at the Youngstown Area 2012 Jewish Film Festival and all proceeds from purchased copies  will go to Dr. Saul  Friedman's Scholarship fund for history students studying the Holocaust.  Dr. Friedman died March 31, 2013.

According to the records of the Greek government, 56,500 Jewish citizens lived in the city of Salonika on the eve of the Holocaust.   By December 1944 only three remained.  This is their story–and by extension–it is the story of the Jews of Greece.

Copies are only $10.  

The order form is below and can be mailed to:

                                                                  Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies

                                                                        Youngstown State University

                                                                        Youngstown, OH 44555 

Questions can be directed to the Center at  330-941-1604 or

Ash and Smoke  may also be borrowed from the Maag Library's MultiMedia Center, Call number  DVD 0432.


Ash and Smoke order form