A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

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Edition: 10th
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Pub. Date: 2020-09-09
Publisher(s): Bedford/St. Martin's
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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. Thoroughly updated to include strategies for making useful outlines and organizing a paper, the tenth edition ensures that students have the most up-to-date advice and ample instruction for writing a research paper for their history class.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Why Study History


1a Asking historical questions


1b Developing historical reading 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 Uses of primary and secondary sources


2b Evaluating sources


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


2b-1 Evaluating 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 sources


2b-4 Identifying fake news


Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Websites



3 Writing Short History Assignments


3a Reading actively in history


Tips for Writers: Writing as You Read


3b Writing about reading


3b-1 Summaries


3b-2 Annotated bibliographies


3c Writing about primary sources


3c-1 Single-source analysis


3c-2 Comparative papers


Tips for Writers: Writing a Comparative Essay


3d Writing about secondary sources


3d-1 Critiques and book reviews


3d-2 Comparing secondary sources


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 Drafting your paper


4e-1 Drafting an introduction


4e-2 Organizing your paper


4e-3 Writing clear and connected paragraphs


4e-4 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 a 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 to avoid plagiarism


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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