Papers should be between 6-8 pages in length. Goals of the assignment are to demonstrate that you can create a research paper based on primary and secondary sources and synthesize this material to present a cohesive answer to a question. Because this is a research based paper, students must demonstrate that they can find and use GMC “library approved” sources throughout the work. The final paper requires a minimum of 2 primary sources and 3 secondary sources.
Papers do need to have a title page. However, footnotes are not required. Instead, students need to use pagination citation throughout their papers to show how and where they used their sources. Example: â€œThe War of 1812 was started by America.â€ (Kucsan, 2009) or (the authors last name). Now if you are using more than one article by the same author then you need to put in the title of the articleâ€¦such as (Kucsan, 2009, Consequences of the War of 1812). If you are using 2 different works with authors of the same last name then do the following; (Kucsan, P, 2009) Just put in the first initial.
Finally, remember that all papers need an introduction, body, and conclusion. Every essay needs a thesis statement and the last page of your assignment should be a reference page where you will provide your complete references in APA style like you practiced throughout the semester. Below are the choices for your paper. Choose one of these topics to write about for your essay:
- In 1860 the North had specific advantages over the South that helped the Union prepare for the war. Describe 4-5 of these advantages and show how they led to Union victory.
- The 1850s was a particularly tumultuous time in the United States. Choose 4-5 events, compromises, publications, or people and explain how they propelled the United States towards the Civil War.
- Was Reconstruction a failure or a success? Explain your point of view with 4-5 examples that prove your perspective.