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A pocket guide to writing in history

Author: Mary Lynn Rampolla
Publisher: Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 7th edView all editions and formats
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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History provides all the advice students need to write effectively in any history course -- from introductory surveys to upper-level seminars -- in a quick-reference format.
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Lynn Rampolla
ISBN: 9780312610418 0312610416
OCLC Number: 773348921
Description: vii, 160 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Why study history? 1a. Historical questions ; 1b. How this manual can help you --
2. Working with sources. 2a. Identifying historical sources: Primary sources, Secondary sources, Primary or secondary? The changing status of a source, Accessing sources in history, Uses of primary and secondary sources ; 2b. Evaluating sources: Evaluating primary sources, Evaluating secondary sources, Evaluating online sources --
3. Approaching typical assignments in history. 3a. Reading actively in history ; 3b. Writing about reading: Summaries, Annotated bibliographies ; 3c. Using primary sources: Single-source analysis, Comparative papers ; 3d. Using secondary sources: Critiques and book reviews, Historiographic essays ; 3e. Writing about film ; 3f. Taking history exams: Preparing for an exam, Answering identification questions, Taking an essay exam --
4. Following conventions of writing in history. 4a. Approaching a history assignment ; 4b. Thinking like a historian ; 4c. Developing a thesis ; 4d. Constructing an argument: Supporting your thesis, Responding to counterevidence and anticipating opposing viewpoints ; 4e. Organizing your paper: Drafting an introduction, Writing clear and connected paragraphs, Writing an effective conclusion ; 4f. Revising for content and organization ; 4g. 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. 5a. Moving from topic to research question: Choosing a topic, Focusing on a research question ; 5b. Developing a research plan ; 5c. Conducting research: Consulting human resources, Using the library's online catalog, Using print and electronic reference sources, Locating primary sources, Locating secondary sources, Finding Internet sources, Distinguishing among electronic sources ; 5d. Taking effective research notes ; 5e. Developing a working thesis ; 5f. Making an outline ; 5g. Revising and editing your paper --
6. Plagiarism : what it is and how to avoid it. 6a. What is plagiarism? ; 6b. Avoiding plagiarism: Citing sources to avoid plagiarism, Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism, Tips for writers: Avoiding plagiarism, Downloading Internet sources carefully ; 6c. Plagiarism and the Internet --
7. Quoting and documenting sources. 7a. Using quotations: When to quote, How to quote ; 7b. Documenting sources: Footnotes and endnotes, Bibliography, Documenting nonwritten materials ; 7c. Documentation models: Formatting guidelines for footnotes and endnotes, Formatting guidelines for bibliographies, Models for notes and bibliography entries ; 7d. Sample pages from a student research paper.
Other Titles: Writing in history
Responsibility: Mary Lynn Rampolla.

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History provides all the advice students need to write effectively in any history course -- from introductory surveys to upper-level seminars -- in a quick-reference format.
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