Using Primary Sources: A Guide to Writing History
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I. Why Primary Sources?

When Wikipedia will no longer cut it.

We've all done it. Increasing margins, increasing line spacing, increasing font size. I personally memorized all the standard fonts in size-order: Times New Roman on the small end, and beautiful Arial and Helvetica on the large. Anything to avoid writing the assignment due.

"Does my Works Cited count as a page? Can I add it to my word count?"

The answer is, and will always be, no. Writing history papers should never be painful. Unfortunately, it so often is. To be completely honest, even I, a junior pursuing an undergraduate degree in history, found the papers I wrote in my school days of yore to be tedious and boring.

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« Back to Tips and ArticlesBy The Veritas Team | Oct 16, 2009