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Prepared by Carol Berkin of Baruch College, City University of New York and Betty Anderson of Boston University. This book teaches students both basic and history-specific study skills such as how to read primary sources, research historical topics, and correctly cite sources. Substantially less expensive than comparable skill-building texts, The History Handbook also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618122851
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/26/2002
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Berkin received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her PhD from Columbia University. Her dissertation won the Bancroft Award. She is now presidential professor of history at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She has written JONATHAN SEWALL: ODYSSEY OF AN AMERICAN LOYALIST (1974), FIRST GENERATIONS: WOMEN IN COLONIAL AMERICA (l996), A BRILLIANT SOLUTION: INVENTING THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (2002), and REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS: WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE (2005). She has edited WOMEN OF AMERICA: A HISTORY (with Mary Beth Norton, 1979); WOMEN, WAR AND REVOLUTION (with Clara M. Lovett, 1980); WOMEN'S VOICES, WOMEN'S LIVES: DOCUMENTS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (with Leslie Horowitz, 1998); and LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK: A WOMEN'S STUDIES READER (with Judith Pinch and Carole Appel, 2005). She was contributing editor on southern women for THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOUTHERN CULTURE and has appeared in the PBS series "Liberty! The American Revolution," "Ben Franklin," and "Alexander Hamilton," and in The History Channel's "Founding Fathers." Professor Berkin chaired the Dunning Beveridge Prize Committee for the American Historical Association, the Columbia University Seminar in Early American History, and the Taylor Prize Committee of the Southern Association of Women Historians. She served on the program committees for both the Society for the History of the Early American Republic and the Organization of American Historians. She has served on the Planning Committee for the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress, and she chaired the CLEP Committee for Educational Testing Service. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Council for History Education.

Betty Anderson received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern history from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1997. She is Associate Professor of history at Boston University, where she teaches Middle East and world history. Her current research focuses on the development of political parties and national identity in Jordan and the Fertile Crescent. She is the author of NATIONALIST VOICES IN JORDAN: THE STREET AND THE STATE (2005). Anderson's publications include many articles in academic journals and a chapter for Social Identities, Development Policies, and the State of Jordan, 1946-1996.

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Table of Contents

What Is History and Why Is It Important? 1. How Can I Succeed in My History Class? What Will Help Me Most? How Many Notes Should I Take During the Lecture? Why Are Class Discussions Important? Can I Ask the Professor for Help? 2. There's So Much Weekly Reading Assigned for the Class...How Can I Ever Do It All? Why Is This Textbook So Big? How Can I Make the Textbook Manageable? What Do I Highlight in the Textbook? 3. How Do I Study for History Tests? What Kinds of Tests Will I Take in Class? How Can I Improve My Performance on These In-Class Tests? How Do I Complete the Take-Home Essay Exam? How Do I Complete Online Tests? How Do I Study for Any Test? 4. How Can Maps Help Me Understand History? What Are the Different Kinds of Maps? How Do I Read a Map? How Can I Test My Map-Reading Skills? 5. How Can I Work Effectively with Primary, Secondary, and Fictional Sources in My History Class? What Is a Primary Source? What Is a Secondary Source? What Questions Should I Ask When I Analyze or Evaluate Sources? What Does the Professor Mean When Asking for the Historical Context of a Document? Why Do My Sources Disagree? Why Did My Professor Assign a Piece of Fiction in a History Class—and How Do I Evaluate It? 6. How Do I Manage Written Assignments? What Sample Assignments Might I Find in My History Class? 7. How Do I Pick a Research Topic and Find Information for It? How Do I Choose a Topic? How Do I Choose a Note-Taking System? How Is Research Conducted? What Sources Should I Use? How Do I Find Sources in the Library? How Do I Conduct Research on the Web? How Do I Find Historical Information in the Library and on the Web? 8. How Do I Write a Research Paper? What Is the Difference Between an Analysis and a Narrative? What Steps Should I Follow When Writing My Paper? 9. How Do I Join in Class Presentation Assignments and Debates Successfully? What Is Involved in a Class Presentation? What Is Role Playing? What Is a Class Debate? 10. What Is Plagiarism and When Would I Be Cheating on My Paper? What Is Plagiarism? How Can I Recognize the Different Kinds of Plagiarism and Cheating? How Can I Avoid Plagiarism? 11. What Information Do I Have to Cite? What Kind of Information Must Be Cited? What Kind of Infomaiton Does Not Have to Be Cited? What Citation System Should I Use? What Information Must Be Included in Footnotes, Endnotes, Parenthetical Citations, and Bibliographies? What Is the Proper Form for the Second Citation of Any Source? How Do I Cite Web Sites in My Paper? 12. This Isn't an English Class, So Why Do I Have to Correct My Grammar? Why Is Grammar Important? What Are the Most Common Grammatical Errors? 13. How Do I Make Computer Technology Work for Me? How Do I Succeed in an Online Class? What Are the Technical Issues? What Is Email Etiquette? What Are My Professor's Virtual Office Hours? Does My Professor Have a Web Page for This Class? How Can I Use the Computer to Create Different Kinds of Presentations and Papers? What Must I Know to Succeed in an Online Class? XIV. Are There Any Other Tips I Should Know? Why Should I Go to Class? How Can I Contact My Professor? How Can I Avoid Problems in This Class?

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