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H. Argumentation: What to Include and How Much

Finally, here's some specific advice about the type of content to include, that is, what sort of detail works best in history and classics papers. For instance, don't recite long stories (narrative) without making it clear why. Nor should you repeat the same fact in a paper, since it makes you appear not to know any others. Instead, ground your argument in specific data, employing technical terminology appropriately. With all that, I leave the length of your paper largely up to you. It will have to vary according to the theme you have chosen and the task assigned. Make it "as long as it needs to be."

26. Narrative

27. Repeated Phrases and Facts

28. Specific Facts

29. Technical Terms

30. Length

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