The University of Iowa has a range of excellent writing guides for students that cover all the most important skills you will need to succeed in a college course. They are geared towards History students but will be helpful in most of the classes I teach, as well as many others you will take at Sewanee. Check them out, especially:
- How to Identify Historical Sources
- How to Read Primary Source
- How to Read a Secondary Source
- Writing a Thesis and Making an Argument in an essay
- How to Paraphrase and Quote in an essay – helps to avoid plagiarism!
- Doing Well on Exams
- Taking Lecture Notes
You can also find a wide range of writing guides at the duPont Library Research Skills page.
Finally, be sure to use The Writing Center to get an extra pair of eyes on your work — not just for beginners!
Struggling with the reading in our course? Check out these guides for how to tackle different kinds of reading:
- General Reading Techniques from the University of Michigan’s Newnan Advising Center
- How to Read a Book by Paul Edwards (especially helpful for upper-level courses with large amounts of reading)
- Tips for reading in History classes by Blair Stein and Marie Hicks
- Active Reading Strategies from the duPont Library
I encourage to reach out to me with specific questions about your research in my courses. For more general questions, these resources will be helpful for any research project you undertake.