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Writing Guidelines

The UW-Green Bay history faculty agree that all students in upper-level history courses should develop the ability to:

  • Use Chicago-style footnotes to properly cite sources and avoid plagiarism.
  • Compose an interpretative or argumentative essay that states and supports a clear historical thesis and that shows an understanding of history as an argumentative discourse.
  • Make proper use of written primary and secondary sources, which is to say that all quoted passages must be properly introduced, integrated, and analyzed, rather than simply dropped into an essay.

Effective the spring semester, 2011, all students in upper-level history courses are required to own and use Mary Rampolla’s Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 6th ed. (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010). This book, available in the Phoenix Bookstore, provides guidelines for Chicago-style citations and for writing historical essays.