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Research paper assignment for Dr. Westrate. The purpose is to learn the mechanics of writing a good research paper; to articulate a clear thesis and support it in the body of the paper.
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What is in this guide?

This guide offers suggestions on sources for history research in the Green Library at St. Mark's. The guide contains tabs about various stages of a research paper including:


How do I begin?

Begin your research by using the databases at your disposal in the Green Library.  Links to these databases may be found under "Basic ways to find scholarly articles" on this page.

You may choose a person, event, institution or idea from the 18th century revolutionary eras through the Cold War and write a paper describing and explaining how your subject relates to significant historical change.  

You must have at least six different sources located in the Green Library--no general encyclopedias, no course texts, one specialized encyclopedis only, one internet source only (a website which has no hard form, e.g. magazine, journal, newspapers, etc.)

Basic ways to find scholarly articles for historical research


How do historians do research?

The study of history offers students an opportunity to investigate the past, gain perspective on the present, and develop their critical faculties and their imaginations. History provides an integrating principle for the entire learning process, and students gain a sense of human development and interrelatedness and an understanding of social processes. History demands a confrontation with the mythologies and achievements of our own society and with the reality of "otherness," both at home and in the larger world.

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