237560457_Mine-_Research_project_Paper_Colo1_4521806053797957.docx

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Topic Analysis Paper (Research Paper) Step I: Developing a Research Proposal 100 points Reminder: This course is COLORADO HISTORY, and you topic may be anything related to COLORADO history before the year 2000. Throughout this semester, you will be working on an independent research project that will culminate in a polished eight-page essay on a topic of your choosing. This project is your opportunity to learn more about a specific topic in Colorado history, and about the process of evaluating and comparing historical claims. You should begin by selecting a broad topic that you will not mind (and maybe even enjoy) reading a lot about – let’s say, the Colorado Wars 1860s. Next you will have to do a little preliminary reading to narrow your focus: read ahead in the course text, browse wiki (not an acceptable source for final paper), watch a PBS Colorado Experience documentary, or read simple sources. These sources can help you decide what aspect of your topic to zero in on – to continue our example, let’s say you are interested in learning more about the Native tribes involved in the Colorado Wars. Find sources that give an overview, then you can hone in on a specific aspect. Since your end result is going to be a focused analysis of a specific historical problem, you will need to formulate a precise question that will guide your research. “What were the events that lead to the Sand Creek Massacre and the subsequent Indian Wars with the US government?” Once you have decided on a central question, you will then have to pitch it to me. You will write a three-page research proposal that will not only give me an idea of where your project is headed, but should also help you clarify the purpose of your research. Ask yourself: Why is this question interesting or important to me? How might my paper on this specific question shed light on a larger topic or issue (e.g., effects of a local event on the nation as a whole)? How will I go about finding sources to answer my question? Your research proposal should address these questions and establish a basic plan of attack. As you explore your topic further, you may want to refine or alter
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