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A Short Guide to Writing about History

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Preface ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1 Writing and History Stories About the Past Intended to Be True Writing History as a Way of Thinking Basic Principles for History Essays Writer's Checklist of Basic Principles Paraphrase and Plagiarism Writer's Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism 2 Thinking About History Historical Questioning Historical Fallacies Making Inferences Evaluating Materials Writer's Checklist for Evaluation 3 Gathering Information Focusing on a Topic Making Initial Inquiries Identifying Key Sources Concluding Your Research Writer's Checklist for Research 4 Notes and Drafts Recording Information and Ideas Writer's Checklist for Taking Notes Organizing Your Essay Writing and Revising Drafts Writer's Checklist for Peer Editing 5 Voice and Style Modes of Writing Simple and Direct Writing Word Forms and Punctuation The Final Presentation Writing for Speaking Writer's Checklist for Expression and Conventions 6 Documenting Sources Basic Principles Electronic Sources Notes and Bibliographies Writer's Checklist of Source Citations Appendix A Sample Student Research Paper Manifest Destiny: A Characteristic of Nations Things to Notice About This Paper Writer's Checklist for Sample Research Paper Appendix B Writing Reviews Reviewing as a Special Form of Writing A Sample Student Review Thomas Fleming's Discovery of Another War Things to Notice About This Review Writer's Checklist for Reviews Appendix C Short Essay Assignments Writer's Checklist for Short Essays Select Bibliography of Student Resources Text Credits Index

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