To write history successfully, it is essential to understand the nuts and bolts of technique as well as the underlying principles which govern the whole process. Writing History Essays takes you step by step through the process of writing an assignment, breaking it down into a series of manageable tasks, including:
* selecting sources
* reading critically
* taking notes
* planning and drafting your essay
* referencing correctly and avoiding plagiarism
This book also takes you beyond the essay, with practical advice on writing book reviews, reports and dissertations, as well as guidance on sitting examinations. This new edition includes reflective questions at the end of each chapter and discussion of visual and web-based sources, making it an indispensable guide for history students.
Ian Mabbett is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. He has held visiting positions at the Humanities Research Centre in the Australian National University and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA. Since 2002, he has been Professor Emeritus of Aichi Bunkyo University, Japan.
Author's Note.- 1. A History Essay is History.- 2. A History Essay is More than Just History.- 3. The History Essay as a Process.- 4. Knowing Your Sources .- 5. Using Online Sources.- 6. Reading Critically.- 7. Taking Notes.- 8. Explanation, Judgement and Historical Imagination.- 9. Planning.- 10. Writing and Independent Thought.- 11. Writing and Organizing Your Essay.- 12. Citing the Sources .- 13. The Importance of Good English Expression.- 14. Revision and Correction.- 15. Beyond the History Essay.- 16. From Essay to Thesis.- Appendix: A Note on Historiography.- References.- Glossary.- Index.