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A Short Guide to Writing about History (Short Guides)

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An ideal complement for any history course, A Short Guide to Writing about History helps you learn how to think and write like an historian.

 

This engaging and practical text helps you get beyond merely compiling dates and facts; it teaches you how to incorporate your own ideas into your papers and to tell a story about history that interests you and your peers. Covering brief essays and the documented resource paper, the text explores the writing and researching processes, different modes of historical writing (including argument), and offers guidelines for improving style as well as documenting sources.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1: Writing and History

            Stories about the Past Intended to be True

            Writing History as a Way of Thinking

Basic Principles for History Essays

                        Writer’s Checklist of Basic Principles

            Avoiding Plagiarism

                        Writer’s Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 2: Thinking about History

            HistoricalQuestioning

            Historical Fallacies

            Making Inferences

            Evaluating Materials

                        Writer’s Checklist for Evaluation

Chapter 3: Gathering Information

            Focusing on a Topic

            Making Initial Inquiries

            Identifying Key Sources

            Concluding Your Research

                        Writer’s Checklist for Research

Chapter 4: Notes and Drafts

            Recording Information and Ideas

                        Writer’s Checklist for Taking Notes

Organizing Your Essay

Writing and Revising Drafts

                        Writer’s Checklist for Peer Editing

Chapter 5: Voice  and Style

            Modes of Writing

Simple and Direct Writing

            Word Forms and Punctuation

            The Final Manuscript

                        Writer’s Checklist for Expression and Conventions

Chapter 6: Documenting Sources

            Basic Principles

            Electronic Sources

            Notes and Bibliographies

                        Writer’s Checklist of Source Citations

Appendix A: Sample Student Research Paper

            Manifest Destiny: A Characteristic of Nations

            Things to Notice about This Paper

                        Writer’s Checklist for Sample Paper

Appendix B: Book Reviews

            Reviewing as a Special Form of Writing

            A Sample Student Review

            Things to Notice about This Review

                        Writer’s Checklist for Reviews

Appendix C: Short Essay Assignments

                        Writer’s Checklist for Short Essays

Select Bibliography of Student Resources

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205673704
Author:
Marius, Richard A.
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Author:
Page, Mel
Author:
Marius, Richard
Author:
Page, Melvin E.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Academic writing
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
History -- Methodology.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Reference-Writing Nonfiction
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Short Guides Series
Publication Date:
February 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.20x5.40x.30 in. .57 lbs.

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