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A Short Guide to Writing About History,9780321093004

A Short Guide to Writing About History

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780321093004

ISBN10:
0321093003
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/5/2001
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Introduction 1(1)
Stories About The Past Intended To Be True
1(5)
Writing History as a Way of Thinking
6(10)
The Essay in History
16(20)
Writer's Checklist
35(1)
Thinking About History
36(22)
Questioning Sources
39(9)
``Who'' Questions
41(1)
``What'' Questions
42(1)
``When'' Questions
43(1)
``Where'' Questions
44(1)
``Why'' Questions
45(3)
Making Inferences
48(3)
Evaluating Materials
51(7)
Writer's Checklist
57(1)
Modes of Historical Writing
58(27)
Description
59(7)
Writer's Checklist
65(1)
Narrative
66(7)
Writer's Checklist
72(1)
Exposition
73(5)
Writer's Checklist
77(1)
Argument
78(7)
Writer's Checklist
84(1)
Gathering Information
85(30)
Finding A Topic
86(3)
Limiting Your Topic
89(2)
Considering Potential Sources
91(10)
Doing Research
101(14)
Secondary Sources
102(2)
Primary Sources
104(5)
Internet Sources
109(6)
Taking Notes and Writing Drafts
115(20)
Recording Ideas and Information
119(5)
Organizing Your Essay
124(4)
Writing Drafts
128(7)
Suggestions about Style
135(19)
Writer's Checklist
153(1)
Writing Conventions
154(21)
Using Quotations
155(4)
Writer's Checklist
159(1)
Mechanics and Grammar
159(12)
Writer's Checklist
171(1)
The Final Manuscript
171(4)
Documenting Sources
175(18)
Basic Principles
175(8)
Writer's Checklist
182(1)
Electronic Sources
183(3)
Notes and Bibliographies
186(7)
Notes
187(4)
Bibliographies
191(2)
Appendix A Sample Student Research Paper 193(16)
Manifest Destiny: A Characteristic of Nations
194(13)
Things to Notice about this Paper
207(2)
Writer's Checklist
208(1)
Appendix B Book Reviews 209(12)
Reviewing As A Special Form of Writing
209(6)
A Sample Student Review
215(5)
Things to Notice about These Reviews
220(1)
Writer's Checklist
220(1)
Credits 221(1)
Index 222


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