The United States to 1877
Research Paper Assignment
Each student enrolled in this course will write a research paper topic on a subject of their own choosing that pertains to the history of the United States between 1763 to 1791. Students must select the topic of their paper by either Monday, 8 September 2014 (by 11:59 pm) PLEASE NOTE: Students who have not selected a topic by the posted deadline for their class will have 25 points deducted from their overall Research Paper grade. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
Students enrolled in this course must submit a statement of theme, their thesis for their Research Paper, and a Preliminary Bibliography on Monday, 20 October 2014 (by 11:59 pm). PLEASE NOTE: Students who do not turn in these items by the posted deadline for their class will have 25 points deducted from their overall Research Paper grade. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
The final drafts of Research Papers are due during class on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 (by 11:59 pm). PLEASE NOTE: Late Research Papers will not be accepted by the professor. Students who do not turn in their Research Papers on or before the posted deadline for their class will receive a zero for their Research Paper grade. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
The Research Paper assignment is designed to help students develop their abilities in three key areas:
1. Historical Knowledge in which the student demonstrates an understanding of the key historical events related to the thesis,
2. Historical Thinking in which the student demonstrates their ability to frame historical questions in a thoughtful, critical manner, evaluates and analyzes primary sources, and evaluates and analyzes secondary works demonstrating an awareness of interpretive differences.
3. Historical Skills in which the student employs a range of primary sources appropriate to informing the thesis of the Research Paper, employs a range of secondary works appropriate to informing the thesis of the Research Paper; presents a well-organized and well-substantiated argument with the proper citation of evidence, along with correct grammar and spelling.
Students are required to use primary sources and secondary works while completing their research. Students are required to use both printed and Internet-based sources. PLEASE NOTE: Research papers that are entirely based on Internet-based sources will suffer substantial point deductions as a result.
Primary sources represent first-hand accounts, or eyewitness testimony. Primary sources include (but are not limited to) letters, diaries, journals, newspaper articles published at the time the events took place, and books written by participants in the events. Secondary works are books
and articles written after the events transpired by someone who was not a direct participant in the events.
Please Note: The Research Paper assignment will require library research, which entails the use of printed resources along with Internet-based resources. Students will have to carefully select the Internet-based resources before using them. There is a strong possibility that students may have to rely upon resources available at nearby universities if those items are not available through the HCC library. Under no circumstance are students allowed to use Wikipedia as a source of information. Wikipedia has proven to be too unreliable for a variety of reasons for it to be trusted as a source for information.
The Theme identifies the specific topic of the research paper by answer the questions who, what, where, and when as the answers pertain to the topic. The thesis represents the central argument that will be made throughout the paper with evidence presented to support that argument based on both primary sources and secondary works.
The research paper will account for 50% of your overall course grade.
Format Guidelines for Research Paper:
1. There is no optimum length for the research paper, but the research paper should not exceed fifteen pages.
2. In the upper-right corner of the title page put your first and last name, the title of the course, the course identification numbers, and the date that the final draft of the research paper is due. In the center of the title page place the title of the research paper.
3. Put your last name and the page number in the upper-right hand corner of each subsequent page following the title page and topic approval sheet using the header feature on Microsoft Word.
4. Pay attention to grammar. Take time to carefully proofread your work before turning in the final draft. Students are strongly encouraged to submit work to Ask Online and have their papers reviewed for grammar errors before submitting their final drafts. See course syllabus for more details regarding Ask Online.
5. At the end of the research paper as part of a separate section include a bibliography of both primary sources and secondary works used in your research, both print- and Internet-based resources.
6. Document your research throughout your paper by using footnotes indicating the extent to which you used the items presented in your bibliography.
If any part of the format guidelines is not clear, get them clarified before submitting the final draft of your research paper.