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A Student's Guide to History


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A Students Guide to History provides the practical help students need to be effective in their history courses. In addition to introducing students to the nature of the discipline, it teaches a wide range of skills from preparing for exams to approaching common writing assignments, and it explains the research and documentation process using numerous examples throughout. With clear and accessible advice, A Students Guide to History is an indispensable resource for history students. New, easy-to-reference chapter organization. Shorter, more manageable chapters now focus on more specific concepts, such as building a history essay and documenting sources, so students can more easily find the information they need. Expanded coverage of working with sources. A new chapter explains how to examine any source of historical evidence — primary or secondary, written or nonwritten, print or digital. New Guidelines boxes for evaluating primary sources, a new section on sound and video recordings, new warnings about Wikipedia, and more on finding primary sources online equip students to engage in a wide range of historical work. More attention to analysis and argument. New sample writing assignments demonstrate how to analyze and compare primary and secondary sources and present theses with supporting evidence. The research chapters now offer more advice on developing a thesis, using evidence, formulating worthwhile research questions, and writing more persuasive papers. New visual citation guidelines boxes annotate sample pages from books, published letters, print articles, database articles, and Web sites, and key them to model notes and bibliographic entries to show students how to find publication information and properly cite these common sources.

About the Author

JULES R. BENJAMIN was a professor of history at Ithaca College for 30 years. His current research focuses on higher education in the digital age, and his scholarly works concern modern United States and Latin American diplomatic history. 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


A Note to Students

1. The Subject of History

What History Can Tell You

How Historians Work

Approaches to History

How You Can Use History

2. Succeeding in Your History Class

Keeping Up with Reading Assignments

Taking Notes in Class

Classroom Participation

Communicating Online

3. Working with 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” Nonwritten Sources

4. Building a History Essay

Why Clear Writing is Important

Preparing to Write

Drafting Your Essay

Revising Your Essay

Proofreading Your Essay

The Danger of Plagiarism

5. Preparing Specific Writing Assignments

Writing about Primary Sources

Writing about Secondary Sources

Writing Short Essays

Giving Presentations

Taking Exams

6. Researching a History Topic

Beginning the Research Process

Conducting Research

Evaluating Sources

Interpreting Sources and Taking Notes

Avoiding Plagiarism

7. Writing a Research Paper

Asserting Your Thesis

Organizing Your Evidence with an Outline

Writing the Text

Revising and Rewriting

Example of a Research Paper

8. Documenting Your Paper: Citing Sources in Chicago Style

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/St. Martin's
Study & Teaching
General History
History -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Education-Teaching Social Studies
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9.14 x 5.96 x 0.46 in

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