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A library guide for US History from 1877 to 2000
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Research Assignment

Choose a famous person in US History after 1877 and before 2001 who made a historical impact. Write a research paper that discusses a cause and effect, turning point, view of history through the lens of a specific group, a biography of a famous person, oral history, or museum/monument.


  • Four (4) scholarly sources: books, articles, websites
  • Include primary sources
  • Use subject encyclopedias to get background information (does not count as one of your sources, but 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.

  • 6 - 10 pages
  • 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.