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Check Friday August 21st Lecture Notes (on AsULearn) for more on essay writing Three ways of using a secondary source: 1. collection of facts 2. source of background information 3. as an interpretation Using interpretations: finding the interpretation (essay, book, other source) importance of interpretation disagreements among historians Evaluating an interpretation: The argument: what problem being addressed? what is the argument? how has this person arrived at the argument? (what kind of publication, methods, sources, theoretical grounding, school of thought, transparency) The evaluation: How convincing is the argument? (vis-a-vis evidence, methods, etc.
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Unformatted text preview: ■ Are methods suited to the analysis of the problem? ■ Unanswered questions ■ Possible agenda behind argument ● Essay Writing: ○ Outlining ○ Proofreading ○ Rough Drafts ○ Notes ● Some General Advice on Academic Essay Writing: ○ An essay needs to have (a) clear argument(s) ○ Formulate the questions clearly, develop your thinking, possibly forming a hypothesis. Remember to evaluate evidence both for and against your arguments. ○ Organizing the contents of the essay, extremely important. (also structure, IMRD, titles, references, bibliography, etc.) ●...
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