Short Guide to Writing About History, A

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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An ideal complement for any history course,A Short Guide to Writing about Historyhelps students learn how to think and write like an historian. This engaging and practical text helps students 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 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
Stories about the Past Intended to be True
Writing History as a Way of Thinking
Basic Principles for History Essays
Writerrsquo;s Checklist of Basic Principles
Avoiding Plagiarism
Writerrsquo;s Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism
Thinking about History
Historical Fallacies
Making Inferences
Evaluating Materials
Writerrsquo;s Checklist for Evaluation
Gathering Information
Focusing on a Topic
Making Initial Inquiries
Identifying Key Sources
Concluding Your Research
Writerrsquo;s Checklist for Research
Notes and Drafts
Recording Information and Ideas
Writerrsquo;s Checklist for Taking Notes
Organizing Your Essay
Writing and Revising Drafts
Writerrsquo;s Checklist for Peer Editing
Voice and Style
Modes of Writing Simple and Direct Writing
Word Forms and Punctuation
The Final Manuscript
Writerrsquo;s Checklist for Expression and Conventions
Documenting Sources
Basic Principles
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