Student's Guide to History

ISBN-10: 0312446748
ISBN-13: 9780312446741
Edition: 10th 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $27.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 11/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

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, the guide covers a broad range of skills, from note-taking and test-taking to approaching different types of writing assignments. The book's accessible page design, clear explanations, and annotated examples make it easy for students to improve their performance.

Preface
A Note to Students
The Subject of History and How to Use It
What History Can Tell You
What Historians Are Trying to Do
History and the Everyday World
How Historians Work
Philosophies of History
Historiography
Changing Directions of Historical Research
Methods of Historical Research
Primary and Secondary Sources of Evidence
Interpreting and Organizing Evidence
The Computer and Historical Research
How You Can Use History
How to Read a History Assignment, Take Notes in Class, and Prepare for and Take Exams
How to Read a History Assignment
Reading a Textbook
Reading a Monograph
Reading an Anthology
Reading a Historical Novel
Examples of Reading Assignments
How to "Read" Nonwritten Materials
Interpreting Maps
Analyzing Statistical Data
Interpreting Illustrations, Photographs, and Other Visual Material
Interpreting Artifacts
How to Take Notes in Class
From Class Lectures
Guidelines for Taking Lecture Notes
Examples of Note Taking
From Slides and Films
Taking Notes in a "Wired" Classroom
Classroom Participation
Classroom Discussions
Guidelines for Speaking in Class
Giving an Oral Presentation
Guidelines for Giving an Oral Presentation
Giving a PowerPoint Presentation
Group Work
Guidelines for Peer Reviewing
Communicating Online
E-mail, Listservs, and Chat Rooms
E-conferences and E-seminars
Web Communication and Advanced Research
How to Study for and Take Exams
Objective and Short-Answer Exams
Preparing for In-Class Essay Exams - Composing Sample Questions
Writing a Good In-Class Essay Exam
Guidelines for Writing In-Class Essay Exams
Writing Take-Home Essay Exams
How to Write History Assignments: The Importance of Writing Skills
Why Clear Writing Is Important
The Components of Clear Writing
Write Clear Sentences
Do Not Clutter Sentences with Unnecessary Phrases
Avoid Using the Passive Voice
Use the Past Tense
Link Your Sentences
Write Clear and Coherent Paragraphs
Link Your Paragraphs
Guidelines for Clear Writing
Building an Essay
The Need for a Clear Beginning
Creating a Writing Outline
The Importance of Continuity
Writing a Conclusion
Revising Your Paper
Proofreading Your Paper
Preparing Specific Writing Assignments
Writing Book Reviews
Sample Book Review
Guidelines for Writing a Book Review
Writing Comparative Book Reviews
Comparing Essays or Articles
Comparing Primary Documents
Writing Short Essays
Guidelines for Writing Short Essays
A Note on Plagiarism: A Serious Offense
How to Research a History Topic
Beginning the Research Process
Choosing a Topic
Moving from a Topic to a Theme
Narrowing Your Theme
Moving from a Theme to a Thesis
Making an Argument in Support of Your Thesis
Creating a Preliminary Research Plan
Creating a Research Bibliography
Conducting Research
Using the Library Online Catalog to Locate Resources
Using Print and Electronic Reference Sources
Using Print and Electronic Periodical Databases
Guidelines for Finding an Article in a Periodical Database
Locating Primary Sources
Using Internet Search Tools
Guidelines for Conducting Internet Searches
Evaluating Web Sites
Guidelines for Evaluating Web Sites
Navigating Web Sites
Evaluating Sources
Evaluating Secondary Sources
Guidelines for Evaluating Secondary Sources
Evaluating Primary Sources
Special Problems of Evaluating Web-Based Sources
Guidelines for Evaluating Web Sources
Interpreting Sources and Taking Notes
How to Read Your Sources
How to Record Information from Your Sources
How to Organize Your Notes
Avoiding Plagiarism
The Computer and Plagiarism
The Art of Paraphrasing
Plagiarism and Group Work
Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism
How to Write a Research Paper
Preparing to Write
Why Your Paper Needs a Thesis
Organizing Your Paper
Preparing a Writing Outline
Plugging Your Research Notes into Your Outline
Writing the Text
The Rough Draft
Clear Writing: A Matter of Continuity
Quotations: When and How to Use Them
Incorporating Visual Materials into Your Paper
Guidelines for Incorporating Visuals
Documenting Your Paper: Citing Your Sources
When and How to Use Footnotes and Endnotes
Directory to Footnote/Endnote Documentation Models
How to Write Footnotes and Endnotes
Directory to Bibliography Documentation Models
Organizing a Bibliography
Revising and Rewriting
Guidelines for Revising and Rewriting
Word Processing: Advantages and Dangers
Example of a Research Paper
How the Theme and Thesis Were Chosen
The Writing Outline for the Thesis
Turning Research into Writing: A Sample Research Paper -"Wage Slavery or True Independence: Women Workers in the Lowell, Massachusetts, Textile Mills, 1820-1850"
Resources for History Research
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Atlases
Historical Dictionaries-World
Historical Dictionaries-United States
Historical Encyclopedias-World
Historical Encyclopedias-Europe
Historical Encyclopedias-United States
Historical Atlases-World
Historical Atlases-United States
Biography Collections
International Biography Collections
United States Biography Collections
Newspaper Indexes and Databases
Newspaper Indexes and Databases-General
Newspaper Indexes and Databases-United States
Periodical Indexes and Databases
Magazine Indexes and Databases
Journal Indexes and Databases
Book Review Indexes and Databases
Public Documents
Public Documents-Britain and Canada
Public Documents-United States
Historical Statistics
Historical Statistics-General
Historical Statistics-National and Regional
Historical Statistics-United States
General Resources in World History
Reference Works and Bibliographies
Web Sites
Specialized Resources in World History
Ancient History
Europe-General
Europe-Medieval
Europe-Early Modern
Europe-Modern
Britain
Ireland and Scotland
East Europe
Russia and the Soviet Union
Africa
Middle East and North Africa
Asia
Australia and New Zealand
Latin America and the Caribbean
Canada
General Resources in United States History
Reference Works and Bibliographies
Web Sites
Specialized Resources in United States History
Regional, State, and Local
Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early National, 1607-1800
Native American
Slavery and the Civil War
African American
Women's
Immigrant and Ethnic
Social and Cultural
Political
Foreign Relations and International
Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine
Labor, Business, Economic, and Urban
Religious
Military
Electronic Discussion Lists in History
Historical Sources in Your Own Backyard
How to Research Your Family History
Sources for County and Local History
Sources for Family History and Genealogical Research
Glossary
Index

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