Write a historical analysis research paper that is 6 to 10 pages. A historical analysis paper is similar to an argumentative essay. The topic should be something you can analyze and prove an idea--do not summarize your topic. Your can choose any topic, idea, or event, that is related to US History prior to 1877. You must have at least 4 scholarly sources. Scholarly sources include books, articles, primary sources, etc. You can use encyclopedias to get background information, but it will not count as a scholarly source. If you use websites, they must be from .gov, .edu, or .org sites. You can use two websites as scholarly sources.
Developing a research question is a process. To help with the process, look through the table of contents of your textbook for ideas. Find a topic that you are interested in learning more about. After you choose a broad topic, narrow it down to a specific group of people, event, or concept. Below are some suggestions:
Economics, Politics, Culture
Use the 5 Ws to narrow your topic:
The Five W criteria can add context to your investigation and turn a topic into a research question.
This brief tutorial will show you how to pick your topic and narrow it down so you can find relevant sources.
This tutorial from Arizona State University that will walk you through the process of Developing a Research or Guiding Question.
You can use your Taft College ID# to complete the quiz at the end of the tutorial.