Handbook for Writing Historical Essays

Over the years, I have created quite a few handouts on reading and writing for my history students.  This year, I collected these documents into a Handbook for Writing Historical Essays, which I assign in my upper-level history courses.  The handbook is available for a few dollars (the cost of production) in the Phoenix Bookstore.  Students may also download a pdf version of the handbook by clicking here.  The handbook has been updated for the Fall 2013 semester.

Here is the table of contents:

  1. Preface: Why I Assign Essays in this Course
  2. Reading Historical Scholarship
  3. Reading Notes Template
  4. Plagiarism and How To Avoid It
  5. Using Textual Evidence
  6. Using Footnotes
  7. Writing Rules
  8. So What? How to Write With a Thesis
  9. Beware of the Pseudo-Thesis
  10. The Work of Topic Sentences
  11. Writing with a Thesis: A Flowchart
  12. Essay Rubric

Many of these handouts were posted separately on my online handout library; for the sake of simplicity of updating, I have removed the individual handouts in favor of supplying this collection.