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HST 201: The Early Modern Witchhunt

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This page offers advice about choosing a research topic using reference books and collections of primary resources.

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Your syllabus advises you to choose your research topic wisely.  My advice: select a broad area that interests you but do not commit to a specific project until you (1) read some overviews--maybe in a specialized encyclopedia, maybe in a monograph--about the subject,(2) determine that there are sufficient secondary materials, and, probably most important,(3) that there are primary documents available in a language you read.

It is often a useful approach to begin with available primary documents and frame your questions on the available resources!..

A good place to begin looking for a topic is the reference book, Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia.This has short articles on a wide range of topics with suggestions for further readings.  The book includes an extensive bibliography of secondary sources.     REF BF1584 E9 B87 

Consider basing your project on one or more primary documents rather than looking for documents to support a project based on readings in secondary materials.

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