By Mary Lynn Rampolla
A Pocket advisor to Writing in History is a quick, low-cost, and easy-to-use consultant to the writing and examine abilities wanted for undergraduate background classes. Its concise but complete assurance of each step of the learn and writing process—including designated recommendation on documenting assets and averting plagiarism—have made A Pocket advisor to Writing in History the depended on selection in historical past.
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Identify the most important themes and issues of the course, and assemble the evidence that clarifies those themes. indd 46 12/1/14 1:08 PM Taking history exams 3f 47 Anticipate questions. Imagine that you are the professor faced with the task of creating the exam for this course. What questions would you ask? Framing your own exam questions and answering them can be a useful way of organizing your thoughts. 3f-2 Answering identification questions Professors often use identification questions as a way of testing your basic understanding of the material covered in the course.
The reading strategies described below will help you think critically about and analyze sources. Pre-read the text. Before you even begin to read, you should try to get a sense of the scope of the book or article and what it might tell you. If you are reading a book, note its subtitle, if any; examine the table of contents; check for appendices and lists of maps and/or illustrations. indd 25 12/1/14 1:08 PM 26 3a Approaching Typical Assignments in History are reading an article, look for an abstract at the beginning of the text and check for section headings.
Think of yourself as a detective interrogating a witness who is not very forthcoming. The source you are analyzing can tell you quite a bit about the period and people you are studying, but not all of that information is obvious at first glance, and the “witness” might not volunteer everything it knows until you ask the right questions. In general, the quality of your source analysis will depend on the quality of the questions you ask; take enough time to read the document or examine the artifact carefully and extract from it every bit of information you can.