9781457690884

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-01-16
  • Publisher: BEDFORD/ST MARTINS

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Summary

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History is the concise, trusted, and easy-to-use guide for the writing and research skills needed in undergraduate history courses. Now thoroughly updated to reflect the 2017 Chicago guidelines, the ninth edition ensures that students have the most up-to-date advice and ample instruction for conducting responsible research.

Author Biography

Mary Lynn Rampolla (PhD, University of Toronto) is associate professor of history at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and where she chairs the History Program at Trinity (Washington) University. Her scholarly work focuses on medieval and early modern Europe, and her publications include articles in Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies and entries in the Dictionary of the Middle Ages. She has several articles in an encyclopedia called Holy People of the World. She is active in the fields of history and composition and frequently presents papers at the annual International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Why Study History?


1a?Asking historical questions


1b?Developing historical thinking skills



2 Working with Sources


2a?Identifying historical sources


2a-1?Primary sources


2a-2?Secondary sources


2a-3?Primary or secondary? The changing status of a source


2a-4?Accessing sources in history


2a-5?Use of primary and secondary sources


2b?Evaluating sources


2b-1?Evaluating primary sources


Tips for Writers:?Questions for Evaluating Text-Based Primary Sources


Tips for Writers:?Questions for Evaluating Nonwritten Primary Sources


2b-2?Evaluating Secondary Sources


Tips for Writers:?Questions for Evaluating Secondary Sources


2b-3?Evaluating online resources


Tips for Writers:?Questions for Evaluating Web sites


2b-4?Identifying fake news



3 Approaching Typical Assignments in History


3a?Reading actively in history


Tips for Writers:?Writing as You Read


3b?Writing about reading


3b-1?Summaries


3b-2?Annotated bibliographies


3c?Using primary sources


3c-1?Single-source analysis


3c-2?Comparative papers


Tips for Writers:?Writing a Comparative Essay


3d?Using secondary sources


3d-1?Critiques and book reviews


3d-2?Historiographic essays


3e?Writing about film


3f?Taking history exams


3f-1?Preparing for an exam


3f-2?Answering identification questions


3f-3?Taking an essay exam



4 Following Conventions of Writing in History


4a?Approaching a history assignment


4b?Thinking like a historian


4c?Developing a thesis


4d?Constructing an argument


Tips for Writers:?Testing Your Thesis


4d-1?Supporting your thesis


4d-2?Responding to counterevidence and anticipating opposing viewpoints


4e?Organizing your paper


4e-1?Drafting an introduction


4e-2?Writing clear and connected paragraphs


4e-3?Writing an effective conclusion


4f?Revising for content and organization


Tips for Writers:?Revising for Content and Organization


4g?Editing for style and grammar


Tips for Writers:?Common Grammatical Errors (and how to avoid them)


4g-1?Choosing appropriate language


4g-2?Choosing the appropriate tense


4g-3?Using active voice


4g-4?Knowing when to use the pronouns?I, me,?and?you



5 Writing a Research Paper


5a?Moving from topic to research question


5a-1?Choosing a topic


5a-2?Focusing on a research question


5b?Developing a research plan


5c?Conducting research


5c-1?Consulting human resources


5c-2?Using the library’s online catalog


5c-3?Using print and electronic reference sources


5c-4?Locating primary sources


5c-5?Locating secondary sources


5c-6?Finding Internet sources


Tips for Writers:?Electronic Databases


5c-7?Distinguishing among electronic sources


5d?Taking effective research notes


5e?Developing a working thesis


5f?Making an outline


5g?Revising and editing your paper



6 Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It


6a?What is plagiarism?


6b?Avoiding plagiarism


6b-1?Citing sources to avoid plagiarism


6b-2?Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism


Tips for Writers:?Avoiding Plagiarism


6b-3?Downloading Internet sources carefully


6c?Plagiarism and the Internet



7 Quoting and Documenting Sources


7a?Using quotations


7a-1?When to quote


7a-2?How to quote


7b?Documenting sources


7b-1?Footnotes and endnotes


7b-2?Bibliography


7b-3?Documenting nonwritten materials


7c?Documentation models


7c-1?Formatting guidelines for footnotes and endnotes


7c-2?Formatting guidelines for bibliographies


7c-3?Models for notes and bibliography entries


7d?Sample pages from a student research paper

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