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HISTORY TERM-PAPER GUIDELINES The term-paper for this course is to be done on a topic of your choice from the subject matter and time period this class covers, meaning: World Civilizations, 3500BC-1600AD It is to be between 5 and 7 pages (NO MORE & NO LESS). Do not use: large/small fonts, abnormal spacing, massive chapter subdivisions, outlines/numbered sequence points etc.) Do not use extended quotes (meaning more than a few lines). Double spacing, 12 point fonts and 1 inch margins are the maximum. You must turn in 1 hard copy in class AND 1 electronic copy through Safe Assignment. For the paper you must use 4 sources: 2 secondary sources meaning scholarly books written by a university professor. Any book in the campus library will fulfill this requirement. If you find books elsewhere and are unsure, look inside the book since many provide a biography of the author. Also you can check the publisher; if the publisher is a university press it is fine. Journal articles are also acceptable to fulfill this requirement and the campus library is full of scholarly journals. Another good place to find the journal articles is online on JSTOR which is accessible through the campus library website. Remember, these articles must come from scholarly journals such as the Journal of Roman Studies or the Journal of Asian Studies . Articles from magazines such as National Geographic or Newsweek do not count. With the exception of JSTOR internet sources such as sites like Wikipedia are NOT acceptable and will not fulfill this requirement. The main textbook and other modern books assigned for this class DO NOT count towards fulfilling this requirement. Lecture notes DO NOT count as secondary sources. They represent my research and should not be cited in your paper. Youn CANNOT use a paper from another class-this must be a new and original paper. 2 primary sources written by someone who was roughly contemporaneous with the topic you are describing. You always want to find eyewitness accounts (if they exist) or accounts written by someone who was alive during the period of your topic. If these do
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not exist, then you want to find sources written by someone who lived shortly after the period of your topic. This could mean as much as a few centuries afterwards since these people would have access to sources that no longer exist today. For example, if you are writing a paper on Julius Caesar you would first use Caesar’s own accounts of his military campaigns. Then you could also find accounts written by his contemporaries such as Cicero before moving on to later authors who wrote biographies of Caesar or histories of his time. Some of these authors lived a few centuries later but are still acceptable. The campus library has a huge selection of primary sources translated into English for all periods of history no matter what your topic. Also, many primary sources are now online. It is acceptable to use the internet to fulfill the primary source requirement.
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  • Spring '10
  • Santos
  • History, Source text, Tertiary source

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