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Guide to the Humanities

Guide to the Humanities - Selected Resources

What is history?

"History is the analysis and interpretation of the human past that enables us to study continuity and change over time.. It is an act of both investigation and imagination that seeks to explain how people have changed over time. Historians use all forms of evidence to examine, interpret, revisit, and reinterpret the past. These include not just written documents, but also oral communication and objects such as buildings, artifacts, photographs, and paintings. Historians are trained in the methods of discovering and evaluating these sources, and the challenging task of making historical sense out of them. Nevertheless, historians do not always agree on interpretations of the past. The debated  differences help expand and enhance our understanding of human development."

From the Siena College History Department

What careers can I have in history?

There are several interesting paths for teaching ESL, including:

  • Elementary, middle, or high school teacher

  • Researcher at museums or "think tanks"

  • Editor or journalist

  • Archivist or records manager

  • Librarian

  • Lawyer

  • Various jobs in corporations and nonprofits

From the American Historical Association

History Databases

Books on Ancient History and World Civilizations

History Encyclopedias and Reference Books

Books on U.S. History

Books on European History

Books on Tennessee and Appalachian History

Books on African History

Books on Latin American History