Project #25165 - History-Humantieis

HUM 101 Humanities Research Paper Guidelines




1.    For your topic, you need to choose a single Western (i.e. European or European-derived) work of the humanities (i.e. a single work of history, religion, visual arts, philosophy, performing arts, or literature) from before 1600 CE.  The topic cannot be a person, event, place, time period, style, movement, or collection of works.




2.   After choosing the topic, you next need to choose which question, meaning or significance, you will answer about the topic (you have to choose one or the other).  If you choose meaning, you will decide what is the overall meaning the creator of the work is trying to communicate through the work.  If you choose significance, you will decide why the work is significant or important.




3.   You will then need to identify the rationale for choosing the topic you chose; in other words, you spell out exactly why you chose the topic.  And let’s go beyond the obvious one, which goes something like this: “this pain-in-the-neck humanities professor is making me write a research paper, so with a proverbial gun to my head, I chose….”




4.   You will then formulate your thesis which is a single declarative sentence that answers the question you have chosen.  The thesis should explicitly state your interpretation of either the work’s meaning or significance and not merely describe or summarize it.  The thesis should clear, concise, and specific and it should mention the topic directly by title and creator.  Please avoid using superlatives, such as "the greatest," "the best," "the most accomplished," etc., in the thesis.




5.    Your topic, question, rationale, and thesis will be included in your introduction paragraph.  Immediately following the introduction paragraph, you will create a concession paragraph that offers a contrary or alternate thesis to the thesis you stated in the introduction paragraph.  You do not need to quote a source for the contrary or alternate thesis; you can generically create one stating “some people may not agree and instead argue that….”  After stating the contrary or alternate thesis, you then go on to state why your thesis is better.




6.   In your five main body paragraphs, you will choose at least five pieces of evidence, which include details, examples, quotations, etc., directly from at least five separate and appropriate sources to support the thesis.  The topic itself constitutes one of the five required sources.  The use of authoritative, reliable, and scholarly sources is paramount to the quality of your research.  Appropriate sources for research can include articles, audio-visual materials (CDs, films, DVDs, records, tapes, videos, etc.), books, CD-ROMs, interviews, lectures, performances, specialized reference sources, surveys, Websites, etc.  Research sources should always be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:




  • Is the source authoritative?
  • Is the author an expert?
  • Is the source current?
  • Does the source support its information sufficiently?
  • Is the author’s tone balanced?




Encyclopedias, dictionaries, summaries and other highly generalized reference sources will not count as appropriate sources of evidence for your paper.  No more than 50% of your sources of evidence should be Internet-based.  Make sure that you can explicitly demonstrate the relevance of your evidence to your thesis.




7.   Write a seven to ten page (exclusive of the title page and “Works Cited” page), typed, double-spaced research paper, which, at a minimum, should include the following elements:


·      an introduction paragraph containing the topic, question, rationale, and thesis.


·      a concession paragraph, immediately following your introductory paragraph, which explicitly acknowledges a contrary or alternate thesis to your thesis.


·      at least five main body paragraphs, each dealing with one piece of evidence from a single separate and appropriate source, in support of the thesis.


·      a concluding paragraph summarizing your evidence and restating the thesis.




8.   Your paper should also have a title page containing, at a minimum, the title of your paper, your name, the course and section number, the instructor's name, and the due date.  A "Works Cited" page, formatted according to MLA standards, must be included.  Bear in mind that a “Works Cited” page is not a bibliography; only works which you directly cite or refer to in your paper should be included on the “Works Cited” page.




9.   Your paper should be free of typographical and grammatical errors.  Please proofread your work very carefully and consult a grammar handbook for reference.




10.         To avoid plagiarism, all direct quotations or paraphrased material from a source must be appropriately cited in accordance with the MLA style of documentation.  If you are not familiar with the MLA style of documentation, please consult the MLA Handbook.




11.DO NOT PANIC!  This assignment is not meant to scare the daylights out of you.  Choose a work that you will enjoy writing about and let your newly acquired critical and scholarly prowess shine and illuminate those of us who remain in darkness.



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Due By (Pacific Time) 03/17/2014 12:00 am
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