Writing History

Paperback | June 15, 2015

byWilliam Kelleher Storey

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Bringing together practical methods from both history and composition, Writing History: A Guide for Students, Fifth Edition, provides a wealth of tips and advice to help students research and write essays for history classes. Now with a lay-flat binding that further increases the book'sutility, Writing History covers all aspects of writing about history, including finding and researching topics, interpreting source materials, drawing inferences from sources, and constructing arguments. It concludes with three chapters that discuss writing effective sentences, using precisewording, and revising. Using numerous examples from the works of cultural, political, and social historians, Writing History serves as an ideal text for any history course that asks students to conduct research.

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Bringing together practical methods from both history and composition, Writing History: A Guide for Students, Fifth Edition, provides a wealth of tips and advice to help students research and write essays for history classes. Now with a lay-flat binding that further increases the book'sutility, Writing History covers all aspects of wri...

William Kelleher Storey is Professor of History at Millsaps College. Formerly Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University, he is the author of The First World War: A Concise Global History, Second Edition (2014), Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa (2008), and Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius (1997).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.6 × 5 × 0.51 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190238941

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Getting Started1.A. Explore Your Interests1.B. Find a Historical Motive1.C. Focus Your Interests Early1.D. Work with Bibliographies1.E. Search Preselected Databases on the Internet1.F. Use Reference Sources to Begin a Project1.G. Conduct a General Search on the Internet1.H. Scan the Search Results1.I. Get a Quick First Impression1.J. Critically Assess Sources on the Internet1.K. Speak with a Librarian1.L. Speak with Your Professor1.M. Approach Your Topic from a Particular Angle1.N. Browse for More Sources1.O. Form a Hypothesis1.P. Craft a Proposal1.Q. Write an Annotated Bibliography1.R. Talk to People about Your Topic1.S. If You Have to Abandon a Topic, Do It EarlyFlowchart Chapter 1: Constructing an Argument Based on Sources2. Interpreting Source Materials2.A. Distinguish Primary Sources from Secondary Works2.B. Refine Your Hypothesis with Who, What, Why, Where, and When2.C. Be Sensitive to Points of View in Your Sources2.D. Select the Most Important Source Materials2.E. Take Notes by Being SelectiveFlowchart Chapter 2: Taking Notes3. Writing History Faithfully3.A. Collect and Report Your Sources Carefully3.B. Incorporate the Ideas of Others with Care and Respect3.C. Know the Difference between Summaries and Paraphrases3.D. Learn How and When to Quote3.E. Use Ellipses and Brackets, but Do Justice to Your Sources3.F. Learn How to Use Quotation Marks3.G. Don't Plagiarize3.H. Be Honest, but Don't Give Unnecessary Citations3.I. Choose a Citation System That Suits Your AudienceExercise: How to Cite4. Use Sources to Make Inferences4.A. Be True to Recognized Facts4.B. Transform Facts into Evidence4.C. Check Your Facts4.D. Check the Internal Consistency of Primary Sources4.E. Check Primary Sources Against Each Other4.F. Compare Primary Sources with Secondary Works4.G. Conduct Interviews Systematically4.H. Compare Sources to Make Inferences4.I. Make Inferences from Visual and Material Sources4.J. Move from Inferences to Arguments4.K. Make Reasonable Inferences from Your Sources4.L. Make Inferences That Are Warranted4.M. Avoid Unwarranted Comparisons4.N. Avoid Anachronistic InferencesFlowchart Chapter 4: Understanding Sources5. Get Writing! Get Organized5.A. Craft a Thesis Statement5.B. Create a Draft Outline of an Analytical Essay5.C. Create a Draft Outline of a Narrative Essay5.D. Complete Your Outline5.E. Start to Write a First Draft5.F. Grab Your Reader's Attention, but Do It Gently5.G. State Your Intellectual Interests Early5.H. Review the Historical Literature5.I. Build Your Essay with Good Paragraphs5.J. Define Your Key Terms Early5.K. Set an Appropriate Tone5.L. Treat Other Writers with Consideration5.M. Account for Counterarguments5.N. Lead Your Readers to an Interesting ConclusionFlowchart Chapter 5: Writing Your First Draft6. Narrative Techniques for Historians6.A. Combine Chronology with Causation6.B. Get a Sense of Change and Continuity6.C. Select the Key Participants in Your Story6.D. Find Your Own Voice as a Narrator6.E. Choose Your Own Beginning and End6.F. Write a Narrative with Well-Chosen Details6.G. Write a Narrative to Support an ArgumentFlowchart Chapter 6: Representing the Past7. Writing Sentences in History7.A. Choose Verbs That Are Precise7.B. Make Passive Sentences Active7.C. Write in the Past Tense7.D. Avoid Split Infinitives If You Can7.E. Put Verbs in Your Sentences7.F. Put Your Ideas in an Intelligible Order7.G. Begin a Sentence on Common Ground and Gradually Build a New Point7.H. Place the Emphasis at the End7.I. Construct Parallel Forms for Emphasis7.J. Form the Possessive Correctly7.K. Break the Rules If You Must8. Choose Precise Words8.A. Be Concise8.B. Write in Language That Your Audience Can Understand8.C. Avoid Pretentious Language8.D. Avoid Colloquial Language8.E. Be Sensitive to the Politics of Diction8.F. Be Sensitive to Gender-Specific Language8.G. Avoid Euphemisms8.H. Choose Figurative Language Carefully8.I. Use Metaphors and Similes Judiciously8.J. Use Color, but Avoid Cliches8.K. Use Foreign Words That Are Familiar to Your Audience8.L. Check for These Common Diction Problems9. Revising and Editing9.A. Get Some Perspective on Your Draft9.B. Work with a Peer Editor9.C. Revise Your Draft9.D. Evaluate Your Own Arguments and Narratives9.E. Evaluate Your Sentences and Word Choices9.F. Proofread the Final Draft9.G. Keep the Rules in Mind, but Enjoy Your WritingFlowchart Chapter 9: Writing Your Final DraftNotesAnswers for Exercise: How to CiteIndex

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"This is a good guide! Pictures and lists clarify steps and make the process less daunting for students. It can be useful for students just beginning to write research papers and for graduate students who need the breakdown of the process to help them better organize their lengthy thesisprojects." --Annamarie Vallis, California State University, Fresno