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

By Mary Lynn Rampolla

A Pocket consultant to Writing in History is a quick, reasonably cheap, and easy-to-use consultant to the writing and learn talents wanted for undergraduate heritage classes. Its concise but finished assurance of each step of the study and writing process—including exact recommendation on documenting assets and warding off plagiarism—have made A Pocket advisor to Writing in History the relied on selection in background.

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Gov appears in the address, the site is published by an educational or governmental institution, which should give you a greater degree of confidence in the material it contains. • Is the site sponsored by a particular organization? ) Do you know anything about the interests and concerns of the person or group that publishes the site? ) Does the 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.

If you review your notes while the class is fresh in your mind, it will be easier for you to notice places where the notes are unclear. Mark these places, and clarify confusing points as soon as possible, either by researching the issue yourself or by asking your professor. indd 45 12/1/14 1:08 PM 46 3f Approaching Typical Assignments in History Keep a list of important ideas, people, and events. As you read your texts and review your class notes, make a list of significant people, places, events, and concepts along with a brief description of why they are important.

Jot down a quick outline for your essay, stating the thesis and listing the evidence you will provide to support that thesis. indd 48 12/1/14 1:08 PM Taking history exams 3f 49 Writing the essay. Once you are ready to write, your essay should follow the same format as any other history essay. • Begin by writing an introductory paragraph that includes your thesis. Do not waste time restating the question; your professor knows what he or she asked. • Make sure each subsequent paragraph focuses on one central idea that supports your thesis, and state this idea in the first, or topic, sentence.

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