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In 2007, having found that many of the undergraduates who attended his lectures were struggling with assignments that required them to use resources in research libraries, historian William Cronon -- the current president of the American Historical Association and Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- began to focus on the challenge of teaching fundamental skills that would help his students learn to write "beyond the academy."
Working with fifteen co-authors from his 2008 History/Geography 932 course, Cronon created a website -- "Learning to Do Historical Research: A Primer for Enivronmental Historians and Others" -- that was designed to provide a "basic introduction to historical research for anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the past." It was their hope, the members of Cronon's web team said, that their online primer would encourage others to experience the "amazing adventure" of engaging in historical research.