Prerequisite: HS101 and one HS300-level course. Examines both the tools historians use and the problems they have to solve. These issues are approached within a thematic and a regional context, combining an investigation of such variant sources as oral histories, personal memoirs, government documents, iconography, and film with the types of history that can be written using them. Despite the course's 400-level designation, it is especially designed and recommended for sophomore history majors for use in their subsequent courses. Students who belatedly declare the history major are urged to take the course as soon as possible since it must be completed before taking a seminar.