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Pocket Guide to Writing in History

Pocket Guide to Writing in History - 6th edition

Pocket Guide to Writing in History - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780312535032

ISBN10: 0312535031

Pocket Guide to Writing in History by Mary Lynn Rampolla - ISBN 9780312535032
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 6TH 10
Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Bedford Books
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Pocket Guide to Writing in History by Mary Lynn Rampolla - ISBN 9780312535032

ISBN13: 9780312535032

ISBN10: 0312535031

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 6TH 10

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A portable and affordable reference tool, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History provides reading, writing, and research advice useful to students in all history courses. Concise yet comprehensive advice on approaching typical history assignments, developing critical reading skills, writing effective history papers, conducting research, using and documenting sources, and avoiding plagiarism - enhanced with practical tips and examples throughout - have made this slim reference a best-seller. Now in its sixth edition, the book offers more coverage of working with sources than ever before.

Author Bio

MARY LYNN RAMPOLLA (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is associate professor of history at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her scholarly work focuses on medieval and early modern Europe, and her publications include articles in Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies and entries in the Dictionary of the Middle Ages. She is active in the fields of history and composition.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Study History?

Historical questions

How this manual can help you

2. Working with Sources

Identifying historical sources

Primary sources

Secondary sources

Primary or secondary? The changing status of a source

Uses of primary and secondary sources

Evaluating sources

Evaluating primary sources

Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Text-Based Primary Sources

Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Nonwritten Primary Sources

Evaluating secondary sources

Tips for Writers: Questions for Evaluating Secondary Sources

Evaluating online resources

Questions for Evaluating Websites

3. Approaching Typical Assignments in History

Reading actively in history

Tips for Writers: Writing as You Read

Writing about reading


Annotated bibliographies

Using primary sources

Single-source analysis

Comparing primary sources

Tips for Writers: Writing a Comparative Essay

Secondary Sources: Typical Writing Assignments

Critiques and book reviews

Historiographic essays

Film reviews

Taking history exams

Preparing for an exam

Answering identification questions

Taking an essay exam

4. Writing History Papers

Approaching a history assignment

Thinking like a historian

Developing a thesis

Constructing an argument

Tips for Writers: Constructing a Thesis

Supporting your thesis

Responding to counterevidence and anticipating opposing viewpoints

Organizing your paper

Drafting an introduction

Writing clear and connected paragraphs

Writing an effective conclusion

Revising for content and organization

Tips for Writers: Revising for Content and Organization

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

Moving from topic to research question

Choosing a topic

Focusing on a research question

Developing a research plan

Conducting research

Consulting human resources

Using the library's online catalog

Using print and electronic reference sources

Locating secondary sources: using print and electronic periodical databases

Tips for Writers: Electronic Databases

Finding Internet sources

Distinguishing among electronic sources

Taking effective research notes

Developing a working thesis

Making an outline

Revising and editing your paper

6. Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It

What is plagiarism?

Avoiding plagiarism

Citing sources to avoid plagiarism

Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism

Tips for Writers: Avoiding Plagiarism

Downloading Internet sources carefully to avoid plagiarism

Plagiarism and the Internet

7. Quoting and Documenting Sources

Using quotations

When to quote

How to quote

Documenting sources

Footnotes and endnotes


Documenting nonwritten materials

Documentation models

Sample pages from a student research paper