Your research paper should be an organized presentation of ideas relevant to the topic you have selected.
Five credible sources must be used for the paper one of which must be a primary source. All sources must be from either credible books or journal articles. Your research paper should be an organized presentation of ideas relevant to the topic you have selected. And, while some of the sources of information you use may present a biased or one-sided view of some issue, your job, as a history student, is to present an objective analysis of the topic. Therefore, you will not only be organizing and summarizing the reference materials used, you will also be evaluating them in terms of their contribution to an objective understanding of the topic of your research. Your introduction and thesis should State clearly the of your research. For example, whether you are describing some historical event (Such as the Seven Years War) or exploring the causes and consequences of some historical event (Such as the Salem Witch Trials), make it clear to your reader from the beginning what you are doing. Follow through with the purpose(s) stated in your opening paragraphs through-out the paper.