A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

Mary Lynn Rampolla

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0312610416

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An essential writing, reading, and research tool for all history students, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History offers a best-selling combination of concise yet comprehensive advice in a portable and accessible format. This quick-reference guide provides a practical introduction to typical history assignments, exercising critical reading skills, evaluating and documenting sources, writing effective history papers, conducting research, and avoiding plagiarism. Building on its time-tested approach, the seventh edition offers expanded, hands-on guidance for writing and researching in the digital age, and additional coverage on working with primary and secondary sources.



















organization seem biased? • Does the site allow users to add or change content? If so, you cannot rely on the site to provide accurate information, even if it includes notes, references to academic sources, or useful links. (This is the case, for example, with Wikipedia articles, which often include scholarly apparatus but can be altered by any user.) • What is the purpose of the site? Is it designed to inform? Persuade? Sell a product? Does the site contain advertising, and if so, does it

that question. All this reading and the writing that attends it (listing questions, taking notes, jotting down ideas, and so on) are intended to stimulate and clarify your thinking. The result of all this thinking, reading, and writing is the generation of a working thesis: a single sentence in which you suggest a tentative answer to your research question. A thesis, as noted in Chapter 4, is a statement that reflects what you have concluded about your topic based on a careful analysis and

notes and organized them effectively in an outline, what originally seemed to be a 01_RAM_9088_i_162.indd 101 12/1/14 1:08 PM 102 5g Writing a Research Paper daunting task will become much more manageable. The advice in Chapter 4 on following the conventions of writing history papers will then provide guidance as you write the first draft of your research paper. 5g Revising and editing your paper As you revise, think about whether you have organized your argument in the most effective

the recording. N 41. John Dowland, The Queen’s Galliard — Lute Music, vol. 4, Nigel North, Naxos 8570284, 2009, compact disc. B Dowland, John. The Queen’s Galliard — Lute Music. Vol. 4. Nigel North. Naxos 8570284, 2009, compact disc. 42. Online sound or video recording Provide the necessary information about the recording as listed in model 41. Also include any relevant descriptions about the original recording (such as the medium and the length), the Web site that is hosting the material,

scholarly works, not popular ones. (For tips on how to distinguish popular from scholarly sources, see p. 20.) Secondary sources are extremely useful. Reading secondary sources is often the simplest and quickest way to become acquainted with what is already known about the subject you are studying. In addition, examining scholarly books and articles will inform you about the ways 01_RAM_9088_i_162.indd 9 12/1/14 1:08 PM 10 2a Working with Sources in which other historians have understood

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