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Writing about History

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College Sophomore
Sierra College , Roseville, CA

While examining howtostudy.org I found several resources that provided wonderful tips pertaining to your history class, such as on how to read assignments, study for tests and write papers. I would have to say that the resource that caught my eye though was paper Elspeth H. Brown’s paper titled Writing About History. This paper stood out for me because it teaches you about primary sources and secondary sources, two references that are needed when writing about history that we often forget to use them. Brown does an excellent job explaining these resources in a very understandable manner. I say this not only as an observer but also as a student who had previously felt a little shaky about what these resources were. For years I would ask my history teachers to explain what sources they required in our papers. Since my papers never had points deducted for sources, I always assumed I was doing it correctly, though not sure why. This, however, was poor strategy as a student because I never really learned what my teachers were talking about. After reading Writing About History I have a much better understanding as to what my teachers were referring to, and I have a much better understanding about primary and secondary resources for my papers.


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