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Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.
1. Short Writing Assignments 1.1 The Sentence 1.2 The Sentence as Building Block 1.3 The Paragraph 1.4 The History Identification Paragraph 1.5 The Paragraph as Building Block of the Essay 1.6 The Journal as a Writing Assignment 1.7 The Letter as a Writing Assignment 1.8 Conclusion: Clarity and Content 2. The In-Class Essay 2.1 The Five-Paragraph (or more) Essay 2.2 Primary Sources and Point of View 2.3 Time Budgeting for Essays 2.4 The Thesis 2.5 Conclusion: Studying for In-Class Essay Examinations 3. The Five-Page Paper 3.1 The Thesis of the Paper 3.2 Sample Outlines 3.3 Plagiarism 3.4 Citation of Sources 3.5 The Internet as a Resource 3.6 Examples of Good and Bad Five-Page Papers 3.7 Conclusion: Revising the Draft 4. The Research Paper 4.1 Types of Papers 4.2 Defining the Topic 4.3 Using Primary and Secondary Sources 4.4 The Internet as a Resource 4.5 Structure and Organization 4.6 Rules for Layout or Appearance 4.7 Conclusion: Revising the Research Paper 4.8 Examples of Introductions and Conclusions of Research Papers Appendices 1. Common Mistakes 2. Sample Citations 3. Sample Bibliography 4. Classic History Essay Questions