Charlie's History Writing Center

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In all of my courses, proper grammar, spelling and style are an inherent, and necessary, part of each graded assignment. I also limit most writing assignments to a maximum of one page or one paragraph. I remind you that any student caught plagiarizing or cheating will be subject to disciplinary action. If interested, please read some further explanation regarding the importance of proper writing.

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Writing Resources for the Online History Courses


Paper Guidelines and Style Recommendations Here are some important guidelines for you to think about in writing your papers. You should also consider the the specific, formal writing style reqs. should be used in all writing in the course.
Tutorial:  Writing the One-Page Paper A suggested process for writing a paper. Ever heard of an expository essay? That's what the one-page (five paragraph) paper is.
Assignment Submission Information How to send your assignments using Canvas.


Paper sample 1 (good thesis example) Paper Sample 2 (good paper structure example)
Example of a not good Gilgamesh draft followed by an example of a very good rewritten paper.
Sample Writing Style Mistakes Some examples of common writing problems.
Explanation of Comments on Assignments Here is some further explanation of my typical comments on your assignments.
How I Grade a Paper This is a sample of what I do when grading a paper, which means that there are hints to help you do well on your papers.
Plagiarism NVCC, NOVA Online and my policies on cheating.
Citing Sources How to cite your sources correctly.
History Assignments: Formats and Style Another Short YouTube video on the different formats of history assignments and style requirements
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College Writing Resources
NOVA's cCampus writing centers (Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Medical and Woodbridge) Each center has its own staff and hours of operation, and most centers recommend that you make an appointment before arriving with a paper. Remember that the staff will not edit papers.