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:
- Preface: Why I Assign Essays in this Course
- Reading Historical Scholarship
- Reading Notes Template
- Plagiarism and How To Avoid It
- Using Textual Evidence
- Using Footnotes
- Writing Rules
- So What? How to Write With a Thesis
- Beware of the Pseudo-Thesis
- The Work of Topic Sentences
- Writing with a Thesis: A Flowchart
- 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.