How to study and write for History

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Calling on all History Majors to apply this resources   NEW
Student recommendation for a new website and how to apply it to history. Follow the Oregon Trail.
Exploring US History -Reading and Notetaking
Excellent video which both describes and demonstrates reading contextually and athletic annotation in history texts. A must for anyone writing a history paper, trying to choose a topic and using primary sourcs.
How to Read a History Book   NEW
What questions should you be asking when reading a History textbook? What notes should you be taking. Advice straight from the History Prof.
Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students
This guide has it all from how to read and cite sources to historical arguments to structuring and writing your paper. Be sure to check out the writing models.
How to Read a History Assignment
From a monograph to a textbook, here is a history professor's view of what is needed. Finally, someone tells us what's important!
Taking Notes in Class
So you transcribed the lecture, but you forgot to listen. Oops!
Studying History   PDF file PDF file
What are collateral readings? Did you know that the author of your history text is not a reporter, which may change the way you read the textbook!
Studying for the Exam
Where do you start? Lecture notes? Textbooks? With friends?
Taking the Exam
Get the straight 9 step process here. This guide also has information on take-home exams.
6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents   NEW
Need someplace to start your research? Here's list of places to start. Also is a list of sites accessible from your iPad.
Keys to an Effective History Exam Essay   PDF file PDF file  NEW
6 Steps which includes a sample exam question followed by 4 thesis statements starting with a bad thesis, better thesis, even better thesis, still even better thesis statement. Now you can see the difference between a F and an A. Which one will you choose?
Writing about History
Get detailed directions on "Asking a Good Historical Question; Or, How to Develop a Manageable Topic"
The Importance of Writing in History
Take a page out of history.
Writing in History
What are the historian's expectations of you?
Writing in History Courses
How many kinds of writing are there in History, anyway?
Writing the Short Essay
Get a sample of a short essay question (which's not so short!) Then, find out how to write the answer to this one week assignment!
The Research Paper
Includes overcoming writer's block and procrastination.
Writing the Research Paper
Here is the introduction to a whole section of help, which includes: selecting a topic, off to the Internet, Choosing the Right Books, Taking Notes, Budgeting your Time and Writing the Essay. Also check out the sections on footnotes and bibliography.
The Reaction or Response Paper
I did a research paper. Now what is this?
Book Reviews
It's not like high school anymore. Here's a format to follow.