Please print the first two files offered here and use them as a guide for writing your papers and for reading the comments you receive.
Writing Checksheet – click the link for a .pdf file to view and/or print for use.
Comment and Editing Marks – see this .pdf file for an index of comment abbreviations and editing marks on your paper. These indicate some of the most common and basic problems that need to be fixed in many written works.
General Evaluation Standards for College-Level Papers – what are the standards for a good paper? What differentiates “good” from “excellent”? What is a failing paper? See this .pdf file for a full description of key components and standards for a college-level, academic paper.
Links for Writing Assistance
Writing Center Website – see for information about the UMW Writing Center and instructions for how to make a consultation appointment for help with improving the quality of your writing.
Grammar Help? Visit the Writing Center’s website, both for more info on their resources for assistance, and for links to helpful guides at other Writing Centers nation-wide. The Handouts & Demos page at the UNC College of Arts and Sciences is particularly helpful.
Writer Resources – see this useful resource offered by The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a useful Grammar Handbook and a Writing Tips resource. Note that in History we use the Chicago / Turabian format for citation, however, not the MLA or APA style.
Citation Guides – see the link to the left for a helpful guide offered by the UMW Library, which includes a guide to the Chicago / Turabian style.
What Should a Chicago / Turabian Bibliography Look Like? Have a look at this page (link to the left) by the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
For examples of what a finished paper’s source documentation looks like, with a sample “NOTES” page (for endnotes) and “BIBLIOGRAPHY” as well as instructions, see also this informative handout offered by Sierra College’s writing center.
Plagiarism Tutorial – Confused about plagiarism, its definitions, and how to avoid it? Be sure to take this tutorial offered by the University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi.
History and American Studies Resources Page – see this link for a broad guide with diverse subject areas related to writing, research, citation and plagiarism, different types of writing assignments, oral presentations, History 485 senior theses, and more. This is often the best place to go first if you have question about work in a History course.
Passive Voice – Handout for help with identifying passive voice, knowing how to avoid it, and when it’s appropriate to use it.
Domain of One’s Own – UMW’s own site for info, support, and links to the cool projects other members of our campus community have going on their own sites. Curious what you might do with your own website? Click the link.
Zotero – “Your Personal Research Assistant” and a tool you can integrate with your browser to keep track of citations, bibliographies, web links, .pdf’s, screenshots, video and more. Plus, it’ll do your bibliographies for you (well, except for the proofread)…. For more info, watch the video at the web link above.
Free Cloud Backup Services (don’t lose your work!) – See here for a run-down of some of the better options: http://www.cnet.com/news/free-cloud-services-compared/
Twitter – Yes, many may tweet about the pizza they ate last night, or their favorite flavor of toothpaste. But many also use Twitter to network with classmates on a project, colleagues in a field, and to follow the news of a world event in the minutes it’s happening. If you’d like to tweet relevant links to the course, Q’s, or updates on your research, the tag is #Hist297 (just add it typed on to a tweet) and you can also find Prof. Fernsebner at @sfern.