Writing Support

Coursework in History requires significant effort in written communications. This work fosters skills in critical thinking, logical argumentation, and convincing rhetoric, but some of it is specialized in ways that may be new to students in our courses. The following resources offer good support for writing in your History classes:

  1. Conceptualizing History Papers is an online guide from Rollins College which provides a straightforward discussion of what kind of work you are trying to do in writing a history paper, and how you should be thinking about it.  
  2. Steps for Writing A History Paper is a guide from UCLA which lays out not the content, but the step-by-step process of writing a history paper. 
  3. Chicago-Style Citation for Historians, hosted here at VCU, offers a basic discussion of Chicago-style citation, links to the Chicago Manual of Style, and videos that demonstrate how one creates footnotes or endnotes in Microsoft Word. 
  4. Zotero:  A Starter Guide for History Students, hosted here at VCU, offers information on the installation and use of free citation management software.  This software can be especially helpful in managing documentation and source materials for longer research papers.
  5. The VCU Writing Center will see students one-on-one for appointments to help edit and improve their written work.