Synopses & Reviews
An ideal accessory in any history course that requires writing, A Short Guide to Writing About History stresses thinking and writing like a historian. This engaging and practical little text helps the readers get beyond merely compiling dates and facts; it teaches them how to incorporate their own ideas into their papers and to tell a story about history that interests them and their peers. Covering both brief essays and the documented resource paper, this book explores the writing and researching processes, different modes of historical writing including argument and concludes with guidelines for improving style. For any one who will need to write about history.
A “must have” for students taking any history course that requires writing, A Short Guide to Writing About History stresses thinking and writing like a historian. Writing essays, resource papers, writing and researching history. Any one who writes about history.
Table of Contents
"A Writer's Checklist" appears at end of each 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.
2. Thinking About History.
3. Modes of Historical Writing.
4. Gathering Information.
Focusing on Your Topic.
Considering Potential Sources.
5. Taking Notes and Writing Drafts.
Recording Information and Ideas.
Organizing Your Essay.
Writing and Revising Drafts.
6. Writing in an Electronic Environment.
7. Writing Conventions and Style.
Simple and Direct Writing.
Evidence and Quotations.
Word Forms and Punctuation.
8. Documenting Sources.
Notes and Bibliographies.
Appendix A. Sample Student Research Paper.
Appendix B. Shorter Essays (and Examinations).
Appendix C. Book Reviews.