A Pocket Guide to Writing in History / Edition 7

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History is a brief, inexpensive, and easy-to-use guide to the writing and research skills needed for undergraduate history courses. Its concise yet comprehensive coverage of every step of the research and writing process—including detailed advice on documenting sources and avoiding plagiarism—have made A Pocket Guide to Writing in History the trusted choice in history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312610418
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 40,284
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lynn Rampolla (PhD, University of Toronto) is associate professor of history at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and where she chairs the History Program at Trinity (Washington) University. 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 has several articles in an encyclopedia called Holy People of the World. She is active in the fields of history and composition and frequently presents papers at the annual International Medieval Congress at the University of Western Michigan.

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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
  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
  Documenting nonwritten materials
Documentation models
Sample pages from a student research paper





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