Writing History: A Guide for Students

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9780190238940: Writing History: A Guide for Students

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's utility, 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 precise wording, 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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About the Author:

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).


"This is an outstanding book for students embarking on the process of writing history. It is clear. It is comprehensive. It is thoughtful. It does the kinds of things I like to do in class. And it does them well."
--Allan Winkler, Miami University of Ohio

"If there were one book that an undergraduate should have at her side when approaching a major research project, this would be the one."
--David Van Heemst, Olivet Nazarene University

"Its greatest advantage is its organization. I really like the way in which it presents the steps of the research process. It is not only well organized but also very thorough when explaining each and every one of these steps. When it comes to this combination of organization and
comprehensiveness, it is, in my opinion, the best text currently in the market."
--Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia, Montclair State University

"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 thesis
--Annamarie Vallis, California State University, Fresno

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