Writing History Essays

ISBN-10: 1403997705
ISBN-13: 9781403997708
Edition: 2006 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)
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Description: To write history successfully, it's essential to understand the nuts and bolts of technique and the underlying principles which are too rarely made explicit, but which govern the process. This book analyses these principles, and shows how history  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

To write history successfully, it's essential to understand the nuts and bolts of technique and the underlying principles which are too rarely made explicit, but which govern the process. This book analyses these principles, and shows how history differs from other disciplines, outlining methods of historical research and writing.

Author's Note'
A History Essay is History
The practice of history is a craft
History is also an art
A history essay is history
A History Essay is Academic, is an Essay, is Literature
A history essay is academic writing
A history essay is an essay
A history essay is literature
The History Essay as a Process
History begins with a question...
...and proceeds to an answer
Approaching the writing of an essay
Studying history as independent learning
Knowing your Sources
Types of source
Exploiting primary sources
Exploiting secondary and tertiary sources
The Internet
First and last things to read
Reading Critically
Reading for information and reading for ideas
The problem of authority
Distinguishing between factual evidence and judgment or opinion
Prejudice and bias
Explanation and Judgment
What counts as explanation?
Minimum reasonable assumptions
Anachronistic standards of judgment
Historical imagination
Judgment and relativism
Noting What you Read
Do not copy out verbatim from books
When to write out quotations
Common-sense guidelines
Note-taking examples
Planning
Deciding on essentials
The cycle of argument
The introduction
The plan of attack
Choosing the evidence to put in
The logic of your argument
The conclusion
Writing and Independent Thought
Identifying plagiarism
Avoiding plagiarism by offering independent thought
Paraphrase in presenting factual evidence
Good and bad use of what you read: a longer example
Drafting Your Essay
Every sentence gives a signal
Make sure that the logical structure is plain
Avoiding tendentious language in your writing
Quotations
Writing the conclusion
Matching words to ideas
Documenting Your Essay
Citations
Giving references
'In-text' citation systems
Footnotes
What sort of documentation style suits history?
Text in footnotes
Good and bad footnoting
Bibliography
The importance of citation
Revision and Correction
Some principles of revision
Layout and presentation
A check-list of revision points
A proof-reading exercise
Benefiting from conferring about corrections
Common errors
Beyond the History Essay
Document criticism
Book reviews
The literature review or critical historiographic essay
Seminar introduction papers
Reports
Examination answers
The Importance of Good English Expression
Accuracy of English expression
Punctuation
Italics
Spelling
Grammar
Handling quotations
Style
Notes
A Note on Historiography
References
Glossary
Index

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