A Short Guide to Writing about History / Edition 5

A Short Guide to Writing about History / Edition 5

by Richard A. Marius
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0321227166

ISBN-13: 9780321227164

Pub. Date: 07/06/2004

Publisher: Longman

An ideal complement for any history course, A Short Guide to Writing About History stresses thinking and writing like an historian.

This engaging and practical text helps students get beyond merely compiling dates and facts; it teaches them how to incorporate their own ideas into their papers and to tell a story about history that interests them and their

Overview

An ideal complement for any history course, A Short Guide to Writing About History stresses thinking and writing like an historian.

This engaging and practical text helps students get beyond merely compiling dates and facts; it teaches them how to incorporate their own ideas into their papers and to tell a story about history that interests them and their peers. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321227164
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
07/06/2004
Series:
Short Guides Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Writing History as a Way of Thinking.

1. The Essay in History.

2. Thinking About History.
Questioning Your Sources.
The Importance of Asking Why.
Use of Inference.
Statistics.

3. Modes of Historical Writing.
Description.
Narrative.
Expositions.
Argument.
Rules of Argument in Historical Writing.

4. Gathering Information and Writing Drafts.
Find a Topic.
Limit Your Topic.
Be Sure You Have Access to the Necessary Sources.
Do Research.
Brainstorm and Make an Outline.
Write Several Drafts.

5. A Sample Research Paper in History.

Woodrow Wilson's Attitudes Toward Black Americans, by Dick Curry.
Things to Notice about this Paper.

6. Documenting Your Sources.
Sample Footnotes.
Bibliographies.

7. Suggestions about Style.

8. Conventions.
Manuscript Conventions.
Corrections in the Final Copy.
Using Quotations.
Other Conventions about Mechanics and Grammar.

Appendix A. Book Reviews.

Appendix B. Essay Examinations.

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