Writing Research Papers in History
The college-level research paper goes beyond a summary of book chapters and research articles. An acceptable paper takes a clearly defined topic or idea, supports it through research of the current literature and presents it in a logical and consistent fashion. Below are resources describe the process of writing a research paper in history.
Student Guides for Doing Research in History
- Penning the Past: Advice on Writing in the Historical Disciplines
This online guide produced by the Brown University Writing Center provides tips for students in writing research papers as well as analytical essays.
- Reading, Writing, and Researching for History
The Bowdoin College History Department has produced an extensive research guide that aids students in critical reading skills, research and writing.
Using the Chicago Manual of Style for Writing Your Research Paper
- University of Chicago, "The Chicago Manual of Style: The essential guide for writers, editors and publishers, 14th ed." Chicago: University of Chicago, 1993.
This print resource provides all the rules that govern the formatting of your final manuscript. Please note that this style guide governs more than just the organization of your bibliography. There are rules, for example, concerning your paper's font size, margins, pagination and punctuation. You can locate this guide in virtually any public or academic library.
- Research and Documentation Online - History
Produced by Diana Hacker, author of several writing handbooks, this resource explains common formatting and documentation using "The Chicago Manual of Style."
- Writer's Handbook - Chicago Style
This online writing guide produced by the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, provides advice for documenting resources within footnotes as well as on the "works cited" page.