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Canadian History

Writing a History Paper

Kwantlen History students are required to use the Chicago citation style. Please note that although Chicago allows for both parenthetical references as well as footnotes/endnotes, students are directed to use the footnote/endnote system only.

If in doubt, check with your instructor!

Additional resources:

Chicago Citation Style LibGuide - University of Lethbridge

From the OWL at Purdue University: Comprehensive information about Chicago Style, including formatting and sample papers

Chicago Citation Style - Okanagan College

his·to·ri·og·ra·phy noun 

1 a : the writing of history; especially : the writing of history based on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particulars from the authentic materials, and the synthesis of particulars into a narrative that will stand the test of critical methods b : the principles, theory, and history of historical writing <a course in historiography>
2 : the product of historical writing : a body of historical literature
Selected Writing Guides:

When writing a research paper, you must always cite any sources that you have consulted. You must acknowledge when you are using the ideas, information, arguments, phrases or any other intellectual or creative output by another person. Not to do so is referred to as plagiarism.   Any form of cheating is a serious offense that comes with disciplinary consequences: see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy. The related Procedures for Dealing with Academic Integrity Violations offers definitions of cheating and plagiarism.

Common examples of plagiarism:

- Copying sentences, paragraphs, data or visuals without properly citing their source
- Quoting material without proper use of quotation marks (even if otherwise cited appropriately)
- Paraphrasing or summarizing information from a source without proper acknowledgement;
- Paying someone for writing the assignment
- Listing a source in the bibliography/reference list that was not cited in the assignment

  • Find out more about Plagiarism and academic honesty.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations in which each citation is followed by a brief summary of the item. This summary is intended to explain, describe or evaluate the publication. It should inform the reader as to the relevancy, accuracy, and quality of the item. Why did you choose this item? What has it added to your understanding of the issue?

The type of annotation you write is determined by your assignment and guidelines from your instructor and citations should conform to the Chicago citation style.

If you have questions about how to write an annotated bibliography, check out some of these resources: