Considering how advanced technology is, with e-books and academic journals all online, you would think it would be easier for me to find sources sitting in the comfort of my own home, using my laptop. Unfortunately, that is not the case. (Should’ve known what I was signing up for, huh?)
I am finally understanding the struggle of a historian. Finding sources to supplement your ideas is hard. Also, considering the fact that I am studying a topic pertaining to law, almost every book that I find interesting is located in the Lewis Library downtown. But I don’t want to order every single book just to find out I don’t need it. So, I’m really going to have to make a trip down there. It’s about time I checked that library out, right?
In the meantime, I have to make a historiography outline tonight, for the historiographic essay I will be writing this upcoming week. Historiography, is, as it sounds–the study of what historians have said about history. That sounds like a mouthful, but basically, I am looking at what historians have or have not said about the Higher Education Act of 1965. I was really hoping to find what they have said, but considering my lack of very useful sources, it seems that they have not said as much as I was hoping to find.
I’ve tried to refine my search, get a little sneaky and look for books about LBJ and the Great Society, as Dr. Shermer has suggested, instead of just searching only for “federal student aid” and “higher education.” But even in the books about LBJ and the Great Society, there is less historical analysis and more–fact listing? It’s almost as if I’m only looking at primary sources. Which, for the most part, I am.
You’d be amazed at how many primary sources are available on the topic. Which makes sense I guess, considering that 1965 was not too long ago. (I’m already sounding like a historian, aren’t I?) So most of the stuff I have found so far, just lists statistics about higher education and enrollment, focusing on suggestions for improving aid for higher education, instead of providing an analysis of it. I need more analysis! Why haven’t historians said more about paying for higher education?! You would think people would care more about this topic!