History 3510 Style Guide for Writing
1. Each essay should have a clearly stated thesis statement in its introduction. This is essential for a successful essay. The thesis is the essay’s argument and it is subsequently “proved” in the body of the essay. 2. Book titles should be italicized or underlined. For example: Give Me Liberty!: An American History or Give Me Liberty!: An American History. 3. History papers require The Chicago Manual of Style formatting for citation notes and bibliographies. See The Chicago Manual of Style Online Quick Guide for formatting: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html 4. Do not overuse semicolons. Using one or two semicolons in your entire paper is acceptable. Anything more is overuse and lazy writing. When in doubt, do not use a semicolon. Instead, rewrite into two or three separate sentences. 5. Avoid using contractions in a formal paper. For example, write cannot instead of can’t or should not instead of shouldn’t. 6. Each essay should have a concluding paragraph.
7. Spell out centuries in formal history papers. For example, write nineteenth century instead of 19th century. 8. Regions get capitalized; directions are lower case. For example: “The South lost the Civil War.” “I drove north on Park Avenue.” 9. We no longer use an apostrophe when writing about decades. Write 1850s, not 1850’s. 10. Proof read your paper at least twice.
11. Avoid jargon and clichés.
12. Avoid disembodied quotes. From: http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/teaching/forms/papers/Writing_quotations.pdf Identifying the Speaker or Writer of a Quotation
Usually, you want to identify the speaker of a quote in the text. Avoid disembodied quotes by inserting the speaker. The same applies to scholars that you are quoting or paraphrasing. You can also use a colon directly before a long quote, but make sure to clearly identify the speaker.
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