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A Student's Guide to History


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This guide provides comprehensive coverage of the historian's research process — from formulating a research question to how to find, evaluate, and work with sources of all types — written and nonwritten, in print and online. The writing process is explained thoroughly as advice on creating a strong thesis and writing an effective paper culminates with a model student research paper. The appendices and companion Web site point students to the most helpful research resources.

About the Author

Jules R. Benjamin was a professor of history at the University of Rochester and now an Emeritus professor at Ithaca College.  He taught for over thirty years.  His current research focuses on contemporary international relations.  He is the author of several books and articles, including The United States and Cuba: Hegemony and Dependent Development, 1880-1934 (1977) and The United States and the Origins of the Cuban Revolution: An Empire of Liberty in an Age of National Liberation (1990).

Table of Contents

1. The Subject of History and How To Use it 

What History Can Tell You

How Historians Work

Approaches to History

How You Can Use Your History Skills

2. Succeeding in Your History Class

Keeping Up With Reading Assignments

Taking Notes in Class

Taking Exams

Classroom Participation 

Interactive Course Content

3. Working with Different Types of Historical Evidence 

Primary Sources 

Secondary Sources

When a Secondary Source Becomes a Primary One

Accessing Sources in Print, in Person, and Online

Reading Written Sources

“Reading” Non-Written Sources

4. Evaluating Historical Evidence 

Evaluating Sources

Interpreting Sources and Taking Notes

Avoiding Plagiarism


5. Writing Assignments: From Source Analysis to Comparative Critique

Writing about Primary Sources

Writing about Secondary Sources

Writing Short Essays

6. Building a History Essay: From Thesis to Conclusion 

Why Clear Writing is Important

Preparing to Write

Drafting Your Essay

Revising Your Essay

Proofreading Your Essay

The Danger of Plagiarism

7. Conducting Research in History 

Beginning the Research Process

Conducting Research

8. Writing a Research Paper

Asserting Your Thesis

Organizing Your Evidence with a Writing Outline

Writing the Text

Revising and Rewriting

9. Example of a Research Paper 

A Sample Research Paper

10. Documenting a Research Paper

Formatting Footnotes and Endnotes

Organizing a Bibliography

Documentation Models

Appendix A: Resources for History Research

Appendix B: Historical Sources in Your Own Backyard



Product Details

Benjamin, Jules R.
Bedford Books
United States - General
US History-General
Publication Date:
9.125 x 6 in 1 lb

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