Research Resources

Department-approved style manuals

  • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 3rd ed. (Boston: Bedford Books/St. Martin's Press, 2001). Contains much concise, useful advice, including a guide to Chicago-style citations.
  • Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996). The standard source for college history writers. Comprehensive presentation of Chicago-style citation formats (as well as other styles).
  • Diana Hacker, Rules for Writers, 3rd ed. (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996). A standard reference, useful for identifying and correcting writing mistakes.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003). The authoritative guide to style in the history profession.

Online guides for citing sources

Other resources

Departmental Lectures

The Alfred E. Golz Memorial Lecture
Alfred E. Golz Lecture Fund was established by Ronald A. Golz '56 in 1970 in memory of his father.  This fund is used to support a lecture by an eminent historian or humanitarian to be scheduled close to the November 21 birthday of Alfred E. Golz. Past Golz lecturers have included Peter Duus, Adam Hochschild, Peter Hayes, Lizbeth Cohen, Natalie Zemon Davis, James McPherson, Jonathan Spence, Ira Berlin, Friedrich Katz and David Brion Davis.

Grants & Fellowships

Departmental Grants

Paul Nyhus Travel Grants
Travel grants established in the name of Professor Paul Nyhus (1935-2005). These grants are intended to facilitate primary research by History majors enrolled in either Honors or an Independent Study. There are two types of grants, a smaller one intended for short travel within the US and a larger one that supports longer endeavors. 

Sherman David Spector of the Class of 1950 Fellowship for Graduate Study in History and Teaching
These fellowships are designed to assist seniors interested in pursuing a career in history or the teaching of history. Spector Fellowships are open to senior history majors and alumni/ae who majored in history at Bowdoin. 


Institutional Grants

Bowdoin Mini-Grants for Research
These Bowdoin-wide grants support academic year undergraduate research and travel. There are three separate awards: 

  • The Davis Fund exists "to encourage undergraduate interest in international affairs"
  • The Koelln Fund exists "...to encourage broad, essentially humanistic inquiry", particulary that which is interdisciplinary in nature.
  • The Roberts Fund exists "...for the purpose of helping some underprivileged scholar do research in any field." Please note that Student Fellowships defines 'underprivileged' as students currently receiving financial aid and that these funds are earmarked for senior honors research.

Applications are considered monthly and are due on the 15th of every month.  more »

The Grua/O'Connell Research Award
A travel award for honors students, regardless of discipline, to support student travel that will substantially enhance students’ honors projects or research being conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member. Awards can also be used to defray the expenses of materials. Typically, two grants of up to $2000 are made per year. The deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is September 29, 2011 at noon.   more »