Process for Writing the Family History Paper
1. Choose the historical event or time period for your research.
2. Gather sources - make copies of database sources and chapters from books that are relevant to your topic. Place these copies in a folder provided for you in Green Library. This folder must be available to your teacher and to Ms. Thoma at all times for monitoring the progress you make each day that you are conducting your research. Your teacher and Ms. Thoma will want to see these sources.
3. Make certain that you capture citation information attached to each source that you place in the folder.
4. Only after you have gathered multiple sources, should you sit down to read, highlight, and underline key ideas that you wish to use in writing your paper.
5. Do not open a word document to cut and paste. You are reading to absorb as much information as possible.
6. Formulate an informal outline of ideas and begin writing a rough draft documenting ideas carefully--acknowledging the authors and editors of the sources you are using.
7. The folder of your paper will contain the following items: printouts of sources with citations attached, underlined and highlighted ideas, an outline, a rough draft, endnotes, bibliography, and final copy. Chicago Style Documentation.
History Reference Books from Green Library
The Annals of America Volumes 1-26 REF 973 ANN (Primary Source)
Chronicle of America; From Prehistory to Today REF 973 CHR (Primary newspaper source)
Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History REF 973.0496 ENC, volumes 1-5
Encyclopedia of Asia
Encyclopedia of the Middle East
Japan; An Illustrated Encyclopedia
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
Encyclopedia of India
Encyclopedia of Russian History
An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
(These titles represent just a few examples of specialized subject encyclopedias on the first floor of Green Library (Call numbers are all in 973) which will be invaluable for research about a historical event that affected your family whether it be in America, Europe, Asia, Africa or a multitude of other countries. Be certain to browse the reference section 900s for valuable resources that support your choice of topic.)