C. T. Evans
|Almost all of your written assignments in your history course are formal, written assignments. Here are some style rules to help you write in a formal, analytical manner. You can listen to some more information about these
writing style rules
and the history paper guidelines as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as a txt file.
- These are the specific, formal writing style rules required for
all writing in my history courses:
- No present-tense verbs ("were" not "are"). Since you are writing about the past, you should use the past tense in your writing.
- No passive voice verbs ("read the book" not "the book was read")
- No first- or second-person personal
pronouns (I, we, you). You should not personalize your analytical papers by using "I."
- No contractions (couldn't)
- Correct spelling
- Correct use of pronouns and
their antecedents (Avoid use of the dreaded "it.")
- Proper capitalization
- Parenthetical citation (Note that if you are using an electronic version of a book, please check with your instructor about how to cite. One option is to cite the location of the quoted material.)
- Proper use of the possessive
- No figurative language
- Correct format (double-spaced, one-inch margins)
- If you do not understand any of these style requirements,
please check the following resources:
- You should also review the History Paper Guidelines with more specific paper requirements.
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