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Writing Resources Writing a Good History Paper

Most people believe that history is a “collection of facts about the past.” This is reinforced through the use of textbooks used in teaching history. They are written as though they are collections of information. In fact, history is NOT a “collection of facts about the past.” History consists of making arguments about what happened in the past on the basis of what people recorded at the time. Historians often disagree over what “the facts” are as well as over how they should be interpreted. Wonderful West Virginia is a print magazine that publishes articles that cover state history, cultural heritage, and interesting people of the region. They prefer to receive article proposals as opposed to fully written articles.

While the reviews can only be submitted by students from St. Stephen’s College, the article-submissions are open to all. Please scroll past the reviews section for details on how to submit articles. We’re searching for good articles that encourage our readers to read more. Write-for-us for education, travel destinations, medieval history, the evolution of human race, etc. Plagiarism rules for the SCGH public history platform are equal to what would be expected for any university student’s essay submissions.


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Copious, precise notes won’t come back to haunt you; skimpy, vague notes will. Just accept that there is something anal about good note-taking. Use your imagination in compiling a bibliography. Think of all of the possible key words and subjects that may lead you to material. If you find something really good, check the subjects under which it is cataloged. Comb the notes and bibliographies of books and articles you’ve already found.

Well, you just might have what it takes to write for Today I Found Out. If you’re interested, you can either send us a proposed article that you’ve already written or send us a pitch for one you think would be a good fit for Today I Found Out. Cracked publishes listicles online that cover a vast amount of subjects, including history. They prefer to publish articles that are humorous, shocking, and even gross. Fortunately, history provides us with plenty of examples in all three categories.

We will review every proposal that we receive, although due to the high volume of submissions we cannot always reply to unsuccessful proposals. If we have not responded within six weeks it means we have decided not to take your proposal further. If we decide to take your idea forward, the relevant commissioning editor will get in touch and we will send you a questionnaire to learn more about you and your book.

Let’s say you are writing a paper on Alexander Hamilton’s banking policies, and you want to get off to a snappy start that will make you seem effortlessly learned. You don’t know who Samuel Butler is, and you’ve certainly never heard of Hudibras, let alone read it. You sound like an insecure after-dinner speaker.

The $400 million campaign to provide students with a life-altering education. When you wake up in the morning you are conscious, though your conscience may bother you if you’ve neglected to write your history paper. (“Essentially, Churchill believed that Nazi Germany presented a grave danger to Britain.”) Delete essentially and basically unless you are writing about essences or bases. This is a new error, probably a carryover from the common conversational habit of pausing dramatically after although. (“Although, coffee consumption rose in eighteenth-century Europe, tea remained far more popular.”) Delete the comma after although.

Please do not submit CVs or work experience requests – we are not hiring at this time. Reject a guest article where the bio contains irrelevant or inappropriate backlinks. Reject a guest article we feel is not appropriate or relevant to the Historic UK website. As one of the largest online history magazines on the internet, we attract up to a million pageviews a month with thousands of visitors every day.

Using the following list of history publishers, you can find the right outlets for your writing style and favorite historical interests. If you take notes directly into your computer, they will be easy to index and pull up, but there are a couple of downsides. You will not be able to see all of them simultaneously, as you can note cards laid out on a big table. What you gain in ease of access may come at the price of losing the big picture. Also, if your notes are in your computer, you may be tempted to save time and thought by pasting many of them directly into your paper. Note cards encourage you to rethink and to rework your ideas into a unified whole.

We welcome submissions from authors within and beyond academia, and we aim to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity within the field. Your work will be under the Noncommercial Creative Commons licence Attribution ShareAlike. Your post will be available for others to use provided that they cite it correctly. Since your website and youtube chanell are reliable sources I tought I ask you. I can name them and their location ( since 2 of them are in Turkey where I live makes it’s easy) I am searching for it for a while right now but couldn’t find a reliable source. I know they were named in the 1-2 century, some of the reports give credit to romans.