Short Guide to Writing about History

ISBN-10: 0205118607

ISBN-13: 9780205118601

Edition: 8th 2012 (Revised)

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A Short Guide to Writing about History is 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.
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Book details

List price: $50.60
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Writing and History
Stories About the Past Intended to Be True
Writing History as a Way of Thinking
Basic Principles for History Essays
Good Historical Essays Are Sharply Focused on A Limited Topic
Historical Essays Should Have a Clearly Stated Argument
Historical Essays Are Built, Step By Step, on Carefully Acknowledged Evidence
Historical Essays Reflect the Dispassionate Thoughts of the Author
History Essays Are Clearly Written With an Intended Audience In Mind
Writer's Checklist of Basic Principles
Paraphrase and Plagiarism
Writer's Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism
Thinking About History
Historical Questioning
"Who" Questions
"What" Questions
"When" Questions
"Where" Questions
"Why" Questions
Historical Fallacies
Making Inferences
Quantitative Data and History
Evaluating Materials
Writer's Checklist for Evaluation
Gathering Information
Focusing on a Topic
Making Initial Inquiries
Identifying Key Sources
Secondary Sources
Primary Sources
Concluding Your Research
Writer's Checklist for Research
Notes and Drafts
Recording Information and Ideas
Keep An Ongoing Bibliography
Avoid Copying Quotations
Keep Any Quotations Separate
Record Your Own Comments
Writer's Checklist for Taking Notes
Organizing Your Essay
Writing and Revising Drafts
Writer's Checklist for Peer Editing
Voice and Style
Modes of Writing
Narration
Description
Exposition
Persuasion
Simple and Direct Writing
Write in Coherent Paragraphs
Keep Sentences Manageable
Avoid the Passive Voice
Write About the Past in the Past Tense
Connect Your First and Last Paragraphs
Word Forms and Punctuation
Keep Modifiers Under Control
Be Certain Pronouns Refer to Antecedents
Form Plurals and Possessives of Nouns Accurately
Use Intended Forms for Common Words
Use Objective Case Pronouns Appropriately
Maintain Parallel Form for a Series
Use Commas and Semicolons Appropriately
Carefully Present and Punctuate Quotations
The Final Presentation
Writing for Speaking
Writer's Checklist for Expression and Conventions
Documenting Sources
Basic Principles
Authorship
Title(s)
Location
Date
Shortened" Forms for Subsequent Note Citations
Electronic Sources
Notes and Bibliographies
Writer's Checklist of Source Citations
Sample Student Research Paper
Manifest Destiny A: Characteristic of Nations
Things to Notice About This Paper
Writer's Checklist for Sample Research Paper
Writing Reviews
Reviewing as a Special Form of Writing
A Sample Student Review
Thomas Fleming's Discovery of Another War
Things to Notice About This Review
Writers Checklist for Reviews
Short Essay Assignments
Writers Checklist for Short Essays
Select Bibliography of Student Resources
Text Credits
Index
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