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A Short Guide to Writing about Historyis an ideal complement for any history course intended to teach students to think and write like historians. This engaging and practical text will teach students how to go beyond reporting the basic dates and facts of their history books and show them how to infuse their writing with their own ideas and unique perspective. Covering brief essays and the documented resource paper, the text explores the writing and researching processes, different modes of historical writing (including argument), and offers guidelines for improving style as well as documenting sources.
Table of Contents
|Writing and History||p. 1|
|Stories About the Past Intended to Be True||p. 1|
|Writing History as a Way of Thinking||p. 5|
|Basic Principles for History Essays||p. 9|
|Good Historical Essays Are Sharply Focused on A Limited Topic||p. 9|
|Historical Essays Should Have a Clearly Stated Argument||p. 12|
|Historical Essays Are Built, Step By Step, on Carefully Acknowledged Evidence||p. 14|
|Historical Essays Reflect the Dispassionate Thoughts of the Author||p. 17|
|History Essays Are Clearly Written With an Intended Audience In Mind||p. 21|
|Writer's Checklist of Basic Principles||p. 23|
|Paraphrase and Plagiarism||p. 23|
|Writer's Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism||p. 28|
|Thinking About History||p. 29|
|Historical Questioning||p. 32|
|"Who" Questions||p. 33|
|"What" Questions||p. 34|
|"When" Questions||p. 36|
|"Where" Questions||p. 37|
|"Why" Questions||p. 37|
|Historical Fallacies||p. 39|
|Making Inferences||p. 42|
|Quantitative Data and History||p. 44|
|Evaluating Materials||p. 48|
|Writer's Checklist for Evaluation||p. 53|
|Gathering Information||p. 54|
|Focusing on a Topic||p. 56|
|Making Initial Inquiries||p. 61|
|Identifying Key Sources||p. 69|
|Secondary Sources||p. 69|
|Primary Sources||p. 76|
|Concluding Your Research||p. 84|
|Writer's Checklist for Research||p. 87|
|Notes and Drafts||p. 88|
|Recording Information and Ideas||p. 89|
|Keep An Ongoing Bibliography||p. 96|
|Avoid Copying Quotations||p. 97|
|Keep Any Quotations Separate||p. 98|
|Record Your Own Comments||p. 98|
|Writer's Checklist for Taking Notes||p. 99|
|Organizing Your Essay||p. 100|
|Writing and Revising Drafts||p. 105|
|Writer's Checklist for Peer Editing||p. 113|
|Voice and Style||p. 114|
|Modes of Writing||p. 115|
|Simple and Direct Writing||p. 124|
|Write in Coherent Paragraphs||p. 125|
|Keep Sentences Manageable||p. 126|
|Avoid the Passive Voice||p. 127|
|Write About the Past in the Past Tense||p. 129|
|Connect Your First and Last Paragraphs||p. 130|
|Word Forms and Punctuation||p. 131|
|Keep Modifiers Under Control||p. 132|
|Be Certain Pronouns Refer to Antecedents||p. 132|
|Form Plurals and Possessives of Nouns Accurately||p. 133|
|Use Intended Forms for Common Words||p. 134|
|Use Objective Case Pronouns Appropriately||p. 135|
|Maintain Parallel Form for a Series||p. 136|
|Use Commas and Semicolons Appropriately||p. 137|
|Carefully Present and Punctuate Quotations||p. 138|
|The Final Presentation||p. 139|
|Writing for Speaking||p. 141|
|Writer's Checklist for Expression and Conventions||p. 143|
|Documenting Sources||p. 144|
|Basic Principles||p. 145|
|Shortened" Forms for Subsequent Note Citations||p. 149|
|Electronic Sources||p. 150|
|Notes and Bibliographies||p. 154|
|Writer's Checklist of Source Citations||p. 156|
|Sample Student Research Paper||p. 164|
|Manifest Destiny A: Characteristic of Nations||p. 165|
|Things to Notice About This Paper||p. 179|
|Writer's Checklist for Sample Research Paper||p. 180|
|Writing Reviews||p. 181|
|Reviewing as a Special Form of Writing||p. 181|
|A Sample Student Review||p. 186|
|Thomas Fleming's Discovery of Another War||p. 187|
|Things to Notice About This Review||p. 193|
|Writers Checklist for Reviews||p. 193|
|Short Essay Assignments||p. 194|
|Writers Checklist for Short Essays||p. 201|
|Select Bibliography of Student Resources||p. 202|
|Text Credits||p. 206|
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