How to study and write for History
Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students
This guide has it all from how to read and cite sources to historical arguments to structuring and writing your paper. Be sure to check out the writing models.
How to Read a History Assignment
From a monograph to a textbook, here is a history professor's view of what is needed. Finally, someone tells us what's important!
General Tips and Notetaking Strategies
How do I know what to remember and what to take notes on?
Taking Notes in Class
So you transcribed the lecture, but you forgot to listen. Oops!
History Cornell Notetaking Model
See what your history notes should look like!
Reading and Memory Strategies
Many of the history test questions come right from the text. Guess I should learn how to read and remember this stuff.
Studying History PDF file
What are collateral readings? Did you know that the author of your history text is not a reporter, which may change the way you read the textbook!
Test Preparation and Test Taking Strategies
Print this one off! It has a list of different kinds of essay questions for history exams.
Studying for the Exam
Where do you start? Lecture notes? Textbooks? With friends?
History's Way of Knowing
Did you know that there are 5 guiding principles for learning history? If I knew these, it would sure make it easier to take notes!
Taking the Exam
Get the straight 9 step process here. This guide also has information on take-home exams.
There is so much to remember in history. How do I organize all this stuff so I can remember it? Take a look here at the spider maps or the flow charts or the matrices and lots more. Take your pick!
Writing about History
Get detailed directions on "Asking a Good Historical Question; Or, How to Develop a Manageable Topic"
The Importance of Writing in History
Take a page out of history.
Finding Historical Primary Sources
What is a primary source? Where do I find on? How do I know if it is any good or not?
The Writing of a History Essay Examination
Now from Canada, find out about the different types of questions and methods of how to answer them!
Writing in History
What are the historian's expectations of you?
Writing in History Courses
How many kinds of writing are there in History, anyway?
Writing the Short Essay
Get a sample of a short essay question (which's not so short!) Then, find out how to write the answer to this one week assignment!
The Research Paper
Includes overcoming writer's block and procrastination.
Writing the Research Paper
Here is the introduction to a whole section of help, which includes: selecting a topic, off to the Internet, Choosing the Right Books, Taking Notes, Budgeting your Time and Writing the Essay. Also check out the sections on footnotes and bibliography.
The Reaction or Response Paper
I did a research paper. Now what is this?