This paper will consist of between 5 to 7 pages of text, plus a title page, textual documentation and a bibliography, in an approved format. When it comes to format, I want all papers to reflect the specific requirements listed below. However, when it comes to the method of documentation: stick to the format you have selected [APA, MLA, CMS, Turabian, etc.]. 5 to 7 pages of your own textual writing, double-spaced, single-sided, and typed with 1” margins and font size of 10-12 pts only—5 pages means written from top to bottom of ALL 5 pages, not 4 and 1/8th pages of writing. If you define your topic and examine an issue that interests you, you’ll find you write more. A title page, documentation [endnote, footnote, parenthetic citation or in-source citation] and a bibliography [which do NOT count toward the minimum # of pages]. A title should be revelatory of your thesis. Use of 4-6 scholarly sources [only one may be an encyclopedia or a textbook], listed in an approved bibliographical format [APA, MLA, CMS are all acceptable].Only 1/3 of all sources used may come from the Internet. Online digital libraries, like JSTOR, Lexus/Nexus, Ebsco-Host and the Gale Network do not count toward this total, as these libraries are most likely to have quality, scholarly sources. I encourage you to use JSTOR. When in doubt: come ask me. You may obtain all of your sources from JSTOR if they are scholarly articles. Proper documentation of information with appropriate citations throughout text. Proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar throughout the paper, written in an academic style. We all make mistakes, but do your best to catch any errors. Reading your work out loud helps with this. A title page consisting of: title of paper, student’s name, class name and crn [or day/time of class], instructor’s name, and date of submission. Pictures and style are at writer’s discretion. Your title should reflect your thesis and catch the attention of the reader. Topic: You have free choice, as long as it satisfies these criteria: It must relate to the subject we are studying this semester. It must relate to the time-frame the course is covering (1500-1865). It must demonstrate the historical relevance/importance of the subject in an academic manner, in each paragraph. I will send you a guide on crafting argumentative research essays. This is not a report. Formulate a research question, and develop an argument. When you have a paper similar to the one due in this course, you’re fortunate to be able to select a topic of your choosing. Find something that interests you in your own life, and research it historically. For example, during my time teaching at the University of Notre Dame, many of my athletes researched the history of sports or masculinity, etc. Once you pick a topic, narrow it down by finding elements in the research with which you disagreed, were surprised by, or raised questions for you. For example, in an Early American History class like this, the topic of the rape of female slaves pervades discussions of slavery. I once had a student ask about the rape of male slaves, given rape is an act about power. She focused her paper on the topic of master-male-slave rape rather than slavery in general. Does that make sense? Find a way to make the topic interesting, relevant, and defined, so your research and what you have to say is manageable.
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