Below are some helpful tools that will be very useful to you.
The Chicago Humanities Quick guide:
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html will help you with any format questions (we will be using the Note and Bibliography style – Not the In-Text style).
This page (Footnotes, A Guide for the Perplexed), by Professor Chris Friedrichs at the University of British Columbia will also be a great help for you:
As history students the library is your friend. Not only do they have books, but they also offer many services that can help you out. The History Subject Guide is a good place to begin. And there are some great Library tutorials on topics ranging from writing and citations to research and tech tips.
Writing is a learned skill, and proper academic writing can be difficult. If you are having trouble with writing please contact me sooner rather than later and we can begin to work on building your skills. Another resource is the OSU Writing Centre, which provides a number of services that can help you out.
There are also a series of great tutorials available through the Library website that can help you with all aspects of your assignments from writing to research:
Plagiarism wil simply not be tolerated. We will discuss what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in clas. OSU also has a helpful page on plagiarism that can provide some additional guidance.