Could you please suggest good resources for arranging the explanation in history of ideas? I've finished doing the research, and now I need good guides to guide me in the arrangement of the material in an effective way.

For instance, I must write on the evolution of certain calculational methods. Papers which deal with similar topics proceed as follows: context, method 1, pros/cons of method 1, method 2, pros/cons method 2, context, etc. Are there other techniques?

Resources like these are useful, but a bit introductory:

Can you suggest good guides that have worked for you? Preferably, beyond the undergraduate class paper level, at the graduate or professional level.

EDIT: I've found Roberts' The Logic of Historical Explanation, PSU Press, which has what I was looking for. Would you suggest other resources along these lines?


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    Pretty sure this a language based question involving professional writing rather than history. That aside, what is wrong with following the format of academic papers you've read? Those writing guidelines are very useful and follow established principles. The subject matter is irrelevant, what is important is that your points are presented in a logical manner and properly referenced. – Daniel Jan 11 at 23:54
  • @Daniel, thanks for your comments. I'd say that, instead of a language question, it's more of a logic of explanation question. I came across the work of Clayton Roberts which seems to address specifically my question. I agree with you, following the papers is what I'm doing. – Oliver Amundsen Jan 16 at 21:07