The following humanities disciplines are included in this section:

General Humanities | Art & Art History | Film
History | Literature | Music | Philosophy


General Humanities

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Excellent introduction to the writing of a humanities paper, this short guide covers the evaluation of library resources, research methods, argument and style. An appropriate place to begin for the first undergraduate research paper.

Very readable and useful book presenting essay writing as a set of distinct skills that can be easily learned. Also includes sections on revision and using library resources.

 

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Art & Art History

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Tenth edition of this classic guide to analyzing pictures, sculpture and architectures and how to effectively present it in writing.

Fourth edition of a very useful text for writing critically about the historical context of art -- features an appendix on style and a sample essay by Erwin Panofsky.

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Film

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Intended to take you from concept to finished screenplay, this emphasizes process and the craft of writing: character development, structure, theme.

Enduring and accessible introduction to the writing of film criticism, featuring explanations of terminology and student/professional writing samples.

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History

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Very concise and approachable introduction to historical research, with clear chapter themes including writing and citation, methods and avoiding plagiarism, as well as a useful section on historical sources.

A short and practical guide to using primary sources, creating effective arguments, and expressing them concisely in a revised and well-written history essay.

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Literature

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Metre, form, rhyme, diction, and more: a lucid description of how poems work, with every chapter ending with an important concept applied to the same poem. Also features a very substantial bibliography.

Very accessible anthology of writing guides that teaches critical thinking and writing strategies through case studies, with an emphasis on argument.

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Music

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Covering the many different schools of music criticism, this is both a beginner's guide for undergraduates new to music literacy and for more advanced musicians seeking to improve their writing skills. Also features a very useful chapter on professional contexts of music writing: program/liner notes, summaries, press releases.

While very useful as a research and writing guide, this also contains much useful information reagrding citations, musical terms and phrases, the use of illustrations and sources.

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Philosophy

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Recently updated to cover new technologies and sources for writers of undergraduate philosophy papers, Feinberg covers logic and language, as well as concise recommendations of style and citation.

Written for those confident in their writing but who need more guidance for a philosophy paper, this focuses on the kinds of papers one might write, as well as language and reasoning, along with useful appendices on editing and formal logic

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