Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: ORIENTATION

1.1 How to Use This Book
1.2 How to Interpret Instructions
1.3 What’s Different about College History

Chapter 2: WHAT IS ACADEMIC WRITING?

2.1 The Virtues of Academic Writing
2.2 Academic Structure
2.3 Academic Style
2.4 The Writing Process
2.5 The Vices of Academic Writing
2.6 What Academic Writing Is Not
2.7 Who Is the Academic Reader?
2.8 Why Practice Academic Writing?

Chapter 3: WHAT IS HISTORY?

3.1 Questions Historians Ask
3.2 How Historians Work
3.3 Why Everyone Should Take a History Class
3.4 What Is the History Major?
3.5 What Comes after the History Degree?

Chapter 4: THE SHORT-ANSWER IDENTIFICATION ESSAY

4.1 What’s Your Goal?
4.2 Studying Textbooks and Taking Lecture Notes
4.3 Brainstorming Lists
4.4 Distilling: Choosing the Right Details
4.5 Explaining Significance
4.6 Revising: Packing Your Sentences
4.7 Revising: Cutting the Crap
4.8 Revising: Grading Yourself
4.9 Proofreading: Handwriting, Spelling, and Grammar
4.10 In-Class Exams: Strategizing

Chapter 5: THE RESPONSE PAPER

5.1 What’s Your Goal?
5.2 Reading Academic History (Secondary Sources)
5.3 Reading: Annotating Your Text
5.4 Afternotes for a Secondary Source
5.5 Distilling an Argument
5.6 Responding to a Reading
5.7 Revising: Structure and Weight
5.8 Revising: Showing, Not Telling
5.9 Revising: Handling Quotes and Paraphrases
5.10 Revising: Word Choice
5.11 Revising: Cutting More Crap
5.12 Revising: Testing Your Draft
5.13 Proofreading: Grammar and Usage Errors

Chapter 6: THE SHORT ANALYTICAL ESSAY

6.1 What’s Your Goal?
6.2 Understanding the Prompt
6.3 Studying for Analytical Essays
6.4 Brainstorming: Evidence
6.5 Brainstorming: Claims
6.6 Brainstorming: Multiple Causes
6.7 Brainstorming: Addressing Counter-Arguments
6.8 Drafting: Argument-Based Outlining
6.9 Revising: Logic
6.10 Revising: Structure
6.11 Revising: Showing Your Work
6.12 Revising: Identifying Style Problems
6.13 Revising: Transitions
6.14 Proofreading: Past Tense Verbs

Chapter 7: IMAGINATIVE PROJECTS

7.1 What’s Your Goal?
7.2 Types of Imaginative Projects
7.3 Reading for Imaginative Projects
7.4 Brainstorming: What to Know or Invent
7.5 Brainstorming: Taking a Stand
7.6 Drafting: Playing with Ideas
7.7 Revising: Substance
7.8 Revising: Language and Style
7.9 Revising: Special Formatting
7.10 Citing and Attributing Sources

Chapter 8: THE HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY

8.1 What’s Your Goal?
8.2 Reading Conversations
8.3 Drafting: Conversations
8.4 Drafting: Book Reviews
8.5 Evaluating Contributions
8.6 Finding Your Contribution
8.7 Composing a Title
8.8 Revision: Structure
8.9 Revision: Subject and Verb Tests
8.10 Revision: Using Feedback
8.11 Revision: Grading Yourself
8.12 Proofreading: A Checklist

Chapter 9: PRIMARY SOURCE INTERPRETATION

9.1 What’s Your Goal?
9.2 What Is a Primary Source?
9.3 How Historians Use Primary Sources
9.4 Text: Sourcing Documents
9.5 Text: Document Types
9.6 Reading Primary Sources
9.7 Afternotes for a Primary Source
9.8 What Is Context?
9.9 What Is Subtext?
9.10 Brainstorming: Context and Subtext
9.11 Drafting: Analyzing Subtext
9.12 Drafting: Significance
9.13 Revising: Claims
9.14 Revising: Structure
9.15 Revising: Quoting Primary Sources
9.16 Revising: Learning from Models
9.17 Revising: Grading Yourself
9.18 Proofreading

Chapter 10: HISTORICAL RESEARCH

10.1 What’s Your Goal?
10.2 Using Your Library
10.3 Managing Information
10.4 Secondary Source Types
10.5 Tertiary Source Types
10.6 Internet Sources
10.7 Judging Relevance
10.8 Judging Quality
10.9 Identifying Conversations & Managing Scope
10.10 Citing Sources
10.11 Annotating a Bibliography

Chapter 11: THE RESEARCH ESSAY

11.1 What’s Your Goal?
11.2 Topics and Research Questions
11.3 Writing Process
11.4 Argument Types
11.5 Brainstorming Argument
11.6 Research Proposals
11.7 Drafting: Incorporating Sources
11.8 Drafting: Joining the Conversation
11.9 Revising: Ideas
11.10 Revising: Expressing Uncertainty and Limits
11.11 Revising: Structure
11.12 Revising: Getting Feedback
11.13 Revising: Style and Clarity
11.14 Revising: Grading Yourself
11.15 Proofreading and Formatting
11.16 Writing an Abstract

Appendix 1: Quick Reference
Appendix 2: Further Reading and Future Writing
Appendix 3: Note to Instructors