DBQ Format Step by Step 1.Read prompt- Make sure you understand and address all parts of the prompt. 2.Sort/group documents by common topics. Remember that your topics must be related to prompt. Read each document and sort accordingly. When done, you should have buckets labeled with your topics and the corresponding document numbers. 3.Thesis- Address the prompt and mention your topics. (These are the topics you choose for your buckets in step 2) 4.Document Analysis- An Iguana Can Pee Everywhere + Contextualization/Outside Evidence (2per body paragraphs) A-Attribution- This is the source of the document. (The source is usually on document) I - Interpretation- What did source say or show if its map/chart. DO NOT QUOTE! Summarize in your own words what source stated. C – Citation- Simply state what document you are addressing. (remember that period Comes after citation. A-I-C Example: a)Christopher Columbus, an Italian navigator, stated that he feared that his men would mutiny against him because they had been at sea for too long (doc.3).