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Research Paper Instructions• As a historian you have been called upon to write an article. You will pick a topic, thenusing at least five outside sources you will write an essay detailing a particu
Research Paper Instructions
As a historian you have been called upon to write an article. You will pick a topic, then
using at least five outside sources you will write an essay detailing a particular event, issue,
community, conflict, or other topic in US History from 1865-Present. Use at least five outside
sources - history books or academic articles. Three sources must be books. Use Jstor.org from
Library for articles. Expect to write roughly 7 pages and 1 page of citations (Total of 8).
USE MLA or CHICAGO CITATIONS - SEE ONLINE For Links to websites that do it for
you. FORMAT: Double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1” margins NO .GDOC, NO
Use “standard” essay format:
Introduction one or two paragraphs, three maximum – Explain your topic. Summarize. What
is the main point you want to make about the significance of your topic? This is your THESIS. It
should be the last sentence of the introduction.
Body of Essay 5-6 pages – Back up your thesis. A good format is block out 1-2 pages per
example that reinforces your thesis.
Conclusion – 1-2 pages – Now that you’ve laid out the evidence, connect the dots for the
reader and then restate your thesis, showing that based on the evidence your thesis is true.
Avoid using “I” phrases such as “I said” or “I think”.
Stick to your thesis – You will see other connections including to present day issues, but
keep your writing focused on your objective – to prove your thesis.
Make your introduction short and the point, the body is where you explain things in