WRITING STYLE RULES
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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