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Research Assignment

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 after 1877 and before 2001. 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.


  • Four (4) scholarly sources: books, articles, websites
  • Include primary sources
  • Use subject encyclopedias to get background information (do not count as one of your sources--can be used as an additional source)
  • Websites from .org, .gov, or .edu only


Your paper is to follow the Chicago/Turabian Style and include an annotated bibliography.  Please see the Chicago/Turabian Style Guide tab on the far right of this guide.

  • 1" margins
  • size 12 font, preferably in Times New Roman or Ariel
  • Double space
  • Header with last name and page number
  • Use Chicago/Turabian citation style for bibliography
  • Include notes

Getting Started

The information on the following tabs of this guide will help you identify keywords for your topic, find and evaluate different types of sources, and cite your sources.

For additional help using library resources, explore the library's Library Research Skills guide.