Research Paper Us History 2

Research Paper

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NOTE:  Before beginning this assignment, read through information contained in the Scholastic Dishonesty link in the course menu to the left.

Expectations:

  • The core assignment of this course is a documented research paper
    • 1500-2000 words in length = approx. 6 – 8 pages double spaced
    • 12-point font
  • The essay should  support a thesis statement  (making an argument) with information gained from research or investigation.

What is a Thesis?

Here's some help with writing a history research paper at the college level and writing a Thesis Statement: 

It is important to choose a topic of interest to you.

  • Approach this assignment with an open and skeptical mind, then form an opinion based on what you have discovered.
  • You must suspend belief while you are investigating and let the discoveries shape your opinion. (This is a thesis-finding approach.)
  • Once you have found your thesis, write the paper to support it.

You will use some of the following critical thinking skills in this process:

  1. Choosing an appropriate topic, limiting the topic
  2. Gathering information, summarizing sources
  3. Analyzing and evaluating sources
  4. Defining key terms
  5. Synthesizing information, comparing and contrasting sources
  6. Testing a thesis, making an historical argument, using refutationan historical argument, using refutation
  7. Amassing support for a position
  8. Documenting sources

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