A Pocket Guide to Writing in History / Edition 6

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Overview

An essential writing, reading, and research tool for all history students, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History offers a best-selling combination of concise yet comprehensive advice in a portable and accessible format. This quick-reference guide provides a practical introduction to typical history assignments, exercising critical reading skills, evaluating and documenting sources, writing effective history papers, conducting research, and avoiding plagiarism. Building on its time-tested approach, the seventh edition offers expanded, hands-on guidance for writing and researching in the digital age, and additional coverage on working with primary and secondary sources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312535032
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 5/27/2009
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY LYNN RAMPOLLA (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is associate professor of history at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her scholarly work focuses on medieval and early modern Europe, and her publications include articles in Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies and entries in the Dictionary of the Middle Ages. She is active in the fields of history and composition.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Study History?
Historical questions
How this manual can help you
 
2. Working with Sources
Identifying historical sources
   Primary sources
   Secondary sources
   Primary or secondary? The changing status of a source
   Uses of primary and secondary sources
Evaluating sources
   Evaluating primary sources
   Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Text-Based Primary Sources
   Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Nonwritten Primary Sources
   Evaluating secondary sources
   Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Secondary Sources
   Evaluating online resources
   Questions for Evaluating Websites
 
3. Approaching Typical Assignments in History
Reading actively in history
   Tips for Writers: Writing as You Read
Writing about reading
   Summaries
   Annotated bibliographies
Using primary sources
   Single-source analysis
   Comparing primary sources
   Tips for Writers: Writing a Comparative Essay
Secondary Sources: Typical Writing Assignments
   Critiques and book reviews
   Historiographic essays
Film reviews
Taking history exams
   Preparing for an exam
   Answering identification questions
   Taking an essay exam
 
4. Writing History Papers
Approaching a history assignment
Thinking like a historian
Developing a thesis
Constructing an argument
   Tips for Writers: Constructing a Thesis
   Supporting your thesis
   Responding to counterevidence and anticipating opposing viewpoints
Organizing your paper
   Drafting an introduction
   Writing clear and connected paragraphs 
   Writing an effective conclusion
Revising for content and organization
Tips for Writers: Revising for Content and Organization
Editing for style and grammar
   Choosing appropriate language
   Choosing the appropriate tense
   Using active voice
   Knowing when to use the pronouns I, me, and you
 
5. Writing a Research Paper
Moving from topic to research question
   Choosing a topic
   Focusing on a research question
Developing a research plan
Conducting research
   Consulting human resources
   Using the library's online catalog
   Using print and electronic reference sources
   Locating secondary sources: using print and electronic periodical databases
   Tips for Writers: Electronic Databases
   Finding Internet sources
   Distinguishing among electronic sources
Taking effective research notes
Developing a working thesis
Making an outline
Revising and editing your paper
 
6. Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It
What is plagiarism?
Avoiding plagiarism
   Citing sources to avoid plagiarism
   Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism
   Tips for Writers: Avoiding Plagiarism
   Downloading Internet sources carefully to avoid plagiarism
Plagiarism and the Internet
 
7. Quoting and Documenting Sources
Using quotations
   When to quote
   How to quote
Documenting sources
   Footnotes and endnotes
   Bibliography
   Documenting nonwritten materials
Documentation models
Sample pages from a student research paper

 

 

 

 

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Great for history majors!

    This is a great work for history majors or minors. It gives citation information for Chicago style and provides some good info on research papers and other assignments. If you aren't required to buy a book like this at your school, you should consider by this affordable and informative little book.

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