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What's in this Guide?
Welcome! This research guide was created for students in Prof. Vecchio's 19th Century U.S. History class.
You have been assigned a research project that requires locating sources about a topic of your choice.
This guide is a customized resource for this particular course and assignment.
The resources on these pages will help you:
- Find background information on your topic
- Develop a search strategy
- Find scholarly research articles using the library databases
- Find primary source material
- Evaluate sources
- Cite your sources using MLA 8 format
- Avoid plagiarism
- Get additional help
- Work from home
Your project requires you to write a 5-7 page paper about a document that you have selected from your textbook. You will need to answer the following questions about the document:
- What is the subject and source (author) of the document?
- What are the problems being identified by the source?
- Does the subject of the document surprise you given what you know about the United States and American society of the source?
You will need to write a well-developed thesis statement about your topic that should be no less than two paragraphs.
- Consider raising a debatable question on the subject.
- Consider selecting a subtopic to write about.
You must use at least 15 sources from a variety of source types: books, journals, magazines, newspapers, online resources, film, or oral sources.