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A Student's 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, the guide covers a broad range of skills, from note-taking and test-taking to approaching different types of writing assignments. The book's accessible page design, clear explanations, and annotated examples make it easy for students to improve their performance.

About the Author

A professor of history for 30 years, JULES R. BENJAMIN has recently retired from Ithaca College. 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

PREFACE

A NOTE TO STUDENTS

    

  1. The Subject of History and How to Use It

    What History Can Tell You

    What Historians are Trying to Do

    How Historians Work

    How You Can Use History

    

  2. How to Read a History Assignment, Take Notes in Class, and Prepare for and Take Exams

    How to Read a History Assignment

    How to "Read" Nonwritten Materials

    How to Take Notes in Class

    Classroom Participation

    Communicating Online

    How to Study for and Take Exams

    

  3. How to Write History Assignments: The Importance of Writing Skills

    Why Clear Writing Is Important

    The Components of Clear Writing

    Building an Essay

    Preparing Specific Writing Assignments

    A Note on Plagiarism: A Serious Offense

    

  4. How to Research a History Topic

    Beginning the Research Process

    Conducting Research

    Evaluating Sources

    Interpreting Sources and Taking Notes

    Avoiding Plagiarism

    

  5. How to Write a Research Paper

    Preparing to Write

    Organizing Your Research

    Writing the Text

    Documenting Your Paper: Citing Your Sources

    Revising and Rewriting

    Example of a Research Paper

    Turning Research into Writing: A Sample Research Paper

    

  Appendix A. Resources for History Research

    Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Atlases

    Biography Collections

    Newspaper Indexes and Databases

    Periodical Indexes and Databases

    Public Document Indexes and Databases

    Historical Statistics

    General Resources in World History

    Specialized Resources in World History

    General Resources in United States History

    Specialized Resources in United States History

    Electronic Discussion Lists in History

    

  Appendix B. Useful Information for the Historian

    Historical Sources in Your Own Backyard

    How to Research Your Family History

    Grammar and Style Manuals

    

GLOSSARY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312446741
Author:
Benjamin, Jules R
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Author:
Benjamin, Jules R.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Research
Subject:
General
Subject:
History -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Tenth Edition
Publication Date:
20061129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.00 in

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