Student Resource Kit

Important Forms

Resources for Studying History

Why study history? There are as many answers to this question as there are stories to be told of the past, but the American Historical Association’s “Tuning Project”–developed with the help of Mount Holyoke College history alum professor Anne Hyde (‘82)--offers a clear and compelling statement on the value and skills of historical thinking.

There are a number of excellent guides to the study of history, online and in print, and all students should consider obtaining one to keep as a general reference. One commonly assigned example is A Student’s Guide to History, by Jules R. Benjamin (12th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013).

Generally speaking, history courses are reading and writing intensive. To succeed as a student of history, you must, therefore learn to read actively and write clearly. There are a number of good online guides for reading history and writing history papers, including:

For more information on accessing the history resources available in and through the Mount Holyoke College library (LITS), Bryan Goodwin, the LITS History Department liaison has prepared a History Research Guide, which includes a link to the Chicago Manual of Style, the most commonly used style for referencing sources in history writing.

Resources for Practicing History

To apply for research funding, internships, and many other programs, you will often require a letter of recommendation from a history department faculty member. The Career Development Center has produced a Student Guide to Letters of Recommendation to get you started thinking about recommendations. Application forms for history department awards and funding are available at the top of this page.

To see members of the history department presenting their own research you can watch a number of videos of Mount Holyoke College History Professors' public presentations.

Here are some of our favorite websites for keeping up to date on current history research:

Resources for Using History

For more information on how to use your history thinking skills in internship and research opportunities, see the Career Development Center’s guide to Lynk internships and research.

So you’ve studied history and learned to practice it, now what? How will history serve you after and beyond Mount Holyoke College? The American Historical Association’s “Careers for History Majors” offers a few ideas to get you started.