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A Student's Guide to Historyprovides the practical help students need to be effective in their history courses. In addition to introducing students to the nature of the discipline, it teaches a wide range of skills from preparing for exams to approaching common writing assignments, and it explains the research and documentation process using numerous examples throughout. With clear and accessible advice,A Student's Guide to Historyis an indispensable resource for history students. New, easy-to-reference chapter organization. Shorter, more manageable chapters now focus on more specific concepts, such as building a history essay and documenting sources, so students can more easily find the information they need. Expanded coverage of working with sources. A new chapter explains how to examine any source of historical evidence primary or secondary, written or nonwritten, print or digital. New Guidelines boxes for evaluating primary sources, a new section on sound and video recordings, new warnings about Wikipedia, and more on finding primary sources online equip students to engage in a wide range of historical work. More attention to analysis and argument. New sample writing assignments demonstrate how to analyze and compare primary and secondary sources and present theses with supporting evidence. The research chapters now offer more advice on developing a thesis, using evidence, formulating worthwhile research questions, and writing more persuasive papers. New visual citation guidelines boxes annotate sample pages from books, published letters, print articles, database articles, and Web sites, and key them to model notes and bibliographic entries to show students how to find publication information and properly cite these common sources.
JULES R. BENJAMIN was a professor of history at Ithaca College for 30 years. 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 What History Can Tell You How Historians Work Approaches to History How You Can Use History
2. Succeeding in Your History Class Keeping Up with Reading Assignments Taking Notes in Class Classroom Participation Communicating Online
3. Working with Historical Evidence Primary Sources Secondary Sources When a Secondary Source Becomes a Primary One Accessing Sources in Print, in Person, and Online Reading Written Sources “Reading” Nonwritten Sources
4. Building a History Essay Why Clear Writing is Important Preparing to Write Drafting Your Essay Revising Your Essay Proofreading Your Essay The Danger of Plagiarism
5. Preparing Specific Writing Assignments Writing about Primary Sources Writing about Secondary Sources Writing Short Essays Giving Presentations Taking Exams
6. Researching a History Topic Beginning the Research Process Conducting Research Evaluating Sources Interpreting Sources and Taking Notes Avoiding Plagiarism
7. Writing a Research Paper Asserting Your Thesis Organizing Your Evidence with an Outline Writing the Text Revising and Rewriting Example of a Research Paper
8. Documenting Your Paper: Citing Sources in Chicago Style Formatting Footnotes and Endnotes Organizing a Bibliography Documentation Models
Appendix A: Resources for History Research Appendix B: Historical Sources in Your Own Backyard