A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (8th Edition) by Mary Lynn Rampolla

By Mary Lynn Rampolla

A Pocket advisor to Writing in History is a quick, low-cost, and easy-to-use consultant to the writing and learn talents wanted for undergraduate heritage classes. Its concise but entire assurance of each step of the study and writing process—including special suggestion on documenting resources and warding off plagiarism—have made A Pocket advisor to Writing in History the depended on selection in historical past.

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Include questions you want to answer, disagreements you have with the author’s argument, and cross-references to other materials you have read on the subject. • Write summaries of your reading to ensure that you have understood the material. ) • Copy out, in quotation marks, any particularly striking phrases or statements that you might want to quote directly in your work, and note complete bibliographic information. ) If you are “cutting and pasting” quotations from online sources, make sure you put quotation marks around any text you have copied and note the URL; that way, you will be able to distinguish your own notes from the text you are reading and avoid unintentional plagiarism.

Unlike most of the assignments described in Chapter 3, such papers often require you to examine multiple sources. Writing a historical essay is a process of synthesis — pulling together different sources, thinking about their relationship, and drawing conclusions about what, taken together, they can tell you about your subject. This chapter provides advice on all aspects of writing short essays — relatively brief papers with limited sources and, frequently, an assigned topic. The techniques outlined here are also the fundamental skills you will need for writing a full-fledged research paper, which is described in more detail in Chapter 5.

Use the syllabus as a guide for your own studying and thinking about the course material. Take careful notes on the readings. Read with a notebook or computer at hand, and take notes as you read. Keep in mind that simply copying long sections from your texts is not very useful in ensuring that you have understood the material. A more useful technique is to take notes in the form of summaries. ) Keep an academic journal. Some professors require students to keep academic journals, but even if this is not the case for your class, you should consider doing so.

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