By Mary Lynn Rampolla
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Extra resources for A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (8th Edition)
You should begin with a critical reading of the texts containing historians’ interpretations, keeping in mind the questions you would need to answer if you were going to write book reviews about them (see 3d-1). You should not, however, treat the historiographic essay as two or three book reviews glued together. Rather, you should synthesize your material and construct an argument in support of a thesis. The following thesis is from a student’s essay on historians’ interpretations of the colonial period of African history.
Prosecuting attorney A. Thomas Stewart: I want to interpose another objection. What is the purpose of this examination? Bryan: The purpose is to cast ridicule on everybody who believes in the Bible, and I am perfectly willing that the world shall know that these gentlemen have no other purpose than ridiculing every Christian who believes in the Bible. Darrow: We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States and you know it, and that is all.
The entries are not peer-reviewed; moreover, anyone can modify a Wikipedia entry. It is worth noting, however, that Wikipedia entries often contain useful references and links to helpful online resources. The questions in the Tips for Writers box on the next page will help you determine whether a Web site is reliable. In general, the most worthwhile sites with the most accurate sources will probably have a scholarly affiliation. You can find reputable sites by consulting your professor or a reference librarian.