In the article “Habits of Mind” authors Anthony Grafton and James Grossman advocate for the usefulness of historical training in a time where many humanists struggle to communicate well and are forced into specialization. With many humanists using illogical narratives and unclear communication, Grafton and Grossman emphasize that the methods of communication and questioning historians use are important. Historians learn to ask critical questions, research diverse topics, and communicate their arguments in a clear fashion. Also, historians who research in archives are able to connect the significance of events from the past to the present. Research in archives gives historians the opportunity to relate events and values from the past to themselves and their lifestyle in the present. Grafton and Grossman stress that students who do archival work learn to construct strong historical arguments and strive to convey their work in a clear and strong way. Also, research gives historians the ability to form their own original narratives.
Anthony Grafton and James Grossman stress that the success of historians is found in their ability to communicate clearly and critically think. They write that the value of historical training is not necessarily what knowledge one learns throughout their education, but their ability to analyze information at a deep level and communicate their thoughts in a persuasive and clear method. The educational tools a historian learns transcend into other fields of study because they help scholars develop a strong argument, hypotheses, or theory. Historical methods encourage people to question ideas and make connections between events, people, and beliefs. Does the value of studying history lie more in the pursuit of knowledge or in the knowledge itself?
 Grafton and Grossman, “Habits of Mind,” December, 10, 2014