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Writing History: A Guide for Students [Paperback]

William K. Storey
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10 Dec 1998
This text provides the undergraduate student of history with tips and advice on the ways professional historians write. Beginning with how historians find topics and research them, the book should sharpen such skills as interpreting source materials, drawing inferences from sources, and constructing arguments. The three closing chapters contain practical suggestions for writing effective sentences, using precise wording, and revising.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (10 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195122208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195122206
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Storey's book is a first-rate guide for students who are new to the field of history and to the processes of historical research and writing. He offers a useful framework for organizing and successfully completing a major research project in a history class."--Ellen Stroud, Oberlin College"It is rare that books about writing are well-written. This is a well-presented story that should keep students' attention throughout. It is also brilliantly practical. This is the computer manual that tells you to plug in the machine first. It is a work that students will read and that faculty can rely on."--Mark A. Kishlansky, Harvard University"The strength of this text is its focus upon a methodical process of selecting a research topic, building the argument, and organizing the essay. Nothing else out there, in my opinion, does this as well as Writing History."--John Howard Smith, Texas A&M University-Commerce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Writing History 26 Sep 2010
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Useful & informative book. Well written with easy to follow headings. This book was recommended as an intro to my BA History course. I am sure it will be well used by the end of my course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling introduction to writingt History 27 April 2012
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This is a suitable and ideal guide for History students - I read it later on in my first year, but it would be useful reading it prior to starting writing your essay's. The content is concise, it reads as a narrative, and may seem like a guide to more history projects in the research field, but for essay writing, it does reienforce what you may already know, as well as provide deatiled advice on other elements of beginning this wonderful discipline of History at university level and beyond. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for advanced undergraduate students of history 26 Mar 2000
By J. Nicoletta - Published on Amazon.com
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Storey, developed this text for a writing program at Harvard. A historian by training, Storey does an excellent job of describing basic and advanced research and writing techniques. His text is succinct and lively, filled with well chosen examples. If you have ever wondered about the difference between a primary and secondary source or how to deal with contradictory evidence, this is the book for you. I assign it in my writing courses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple intro 14 Dec 2005
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fairly short (111 pgs with not a lot of print on them,) but is a great introduction to writing for history classes. It doesn't go into lots of detail, it is very basic.

It was helpful in figuring out "What on earth should I write about?" "How do I make a thesis?" all the way to finishing a history paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and Fun 8 Aug 2008
By Karen S. Garvin - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of you who don't want to suffer from grammar overload, I highly recommend this volume. The book is fairly short, but each chapter offers the basic information needed to write your history paper. Additionally, Storey's writing style is light, and in some places quite humorous -- which is a pleasant bonus in a writing manual. Each chapter is broken down into nice, small sections that can be read in a few minutes each. This is great if you have a lot of small breaks during the day instead of one large chunk of study time. The book is not a chore to read.

Storey's book is an excellent first book for someone who wants to write about history, although it does not get very deep into the subject. For theories of historiography you'll need to look at other books. Also, this book won't replace your grammar manual or stylebook. Think of it as your first stop.
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Writing Text 11 Feb 2010
By E. Scrimger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is good for what most people will use it for, a class. While it is a bit simple at times if you have graduated from Middle School it is a fine guide to writing history. The book came in a timely fashion for my class and fit its description.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic place to start 9 Feb 2010
By J. R. Morales - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an undergraduate history student working on my first substantial research paper, and this book is giving me clear, orgainized instruction on how to focus my research and writing. It's well written, easy to read, and very straightforward. The single best instruction on writing I have encountered in my studies.
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