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History professors often push students to be more analytical in their papers, rather than relying on narrative.  At the college level, history is not about rote learning, the mere memorization of names, dates, and events.  Instead, it is about analyzing historical information to form arguments and interpretations about the past.  Want to make sure that you are analyzing your evidence, then come chat with a Writing in History tutor in person.  They are available Monday through Friday, usually 9am to 5pm.  Learn more and make an appointment on our website.

Website Wednesdays: Historiographic Essays

Historiographic Essays

Historiographic Essays

Historiography is central to the historian’s craft.  At the most basic level, historiography is the history of history.  If you do not know what has been written on a particular topic, the various interpretations of that topic, and the ongoing debates about it, then you cannot write good history.  To quote a professor from my graduate school years, “you’ve got to know the gods and goddesses of the field.”  The excellent Writing on History website from Queens College, CUNY includes a section on Historiographic Essays.  As they suggest, one of the best ways to start exploring historiography is to write an annotated bibliography on a particular topic that interests you.  One you have a clear idea of the major works and interpretations, then you can develop an argument about the historiographical development of that topic.

Website Wednesdays: 20 Common Grammar Mistakes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

Jon Gringerich’s list of twenty common grammar mistakes, in particular, covers a number of commonly confused pairs of words.  For example,  which and that, lay and lie, fewer and less, and the always tricky who and whom.  Knowing how and when to use these various words will help improve the clarity and flow of your writing.

Best, Dr. Ferdinando

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Peanuts EssayPatty is right, it is October, but plenty of the semester remains.  If essay writing haunts you, and you want to know whether you are on the right track as you draft your history paper, then come chat with a Writing in History tutor in person.  They are available Monday through Friday, usually 9am to 5pm.  Learn more and make an appointment on our website.