Kathryn Schumaker

Second Paper Guidelines

The second paper for this course is due Thursday, April 14 at noon in the D2L dropbox (and in hard copy, for Ms. Peñuelas’s sections). The entire assignment is worth 250 points. Fifty of those points come from the homework assignments for the second paper as listed on the syllabus, and the other 200 points are from the paper itself. This is the most heavily weighted grade item of the course, and it is therefore imperative that students complete all homework assignments on time, consult with the instructor and/or section leaders about the topic and research, and complete the essay according to instructions and on time.

Students may write a paper using any of the primary source collections found here: http://guides.ou.edu/HIST1493 websites. These collections cover nearly all of the topics we have discussed in class. Students should choose one primary source collection and, after choosing sources that can be analyzed together to form a coherent, persuasive argument, select 8-12 sources to use in the final paper.

The final paper should be approximately 2000 words, which is roughly twice the length of the first paper. It should be framed by a clear introductory paragraph (to be workshopped in section in week 11), include a strong and persuasive thesis statement, and contain good transition and topic sentences within paragraphs that thoughtfully analyze the source material. Citations should include properly-formatted footnotes. The paper should be double-spaced and typed in 12-point font with one-inch margins and page numbers.

Students should consult the Chicago Manual of Style as they compose footnotes. Helpful guidelines for Chicago-style citations can be found here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/.

Students should work closely with their section leaders to ensure that they are adhering to the research guidelines for the paper. Unauthorized collaboration between students on the assignment is considered inappropriate and will be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity. The final work must be your own.