A. Thesis Statement
B. Research Paper Annotated Bibliography
This should list and describe a minimum of 10 primary and secondary sources, with specific requirements detailed below, that you may use in your paper.
The annotated bibliography should involve a variety of primary and secondary sources, including at least two primary sources and articles from at least two academic journals; it should not include encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), dictionaries, or non-professional websites. Each annotation should include a full, properly formatted Chicago style citation, 1-2 paragraphs detailing the basic argument of the work, the type of evidence used to prove the thesis, and an explanation of the value of the information to your paper.
Identifying primary and secondary sources: Primary sources would be the words and deeds of Lincoln himself, and those of his contemporaries—like Frederick Douglass—while secondary sources would be what have been written about Lincoln based upon primary sources. The foundation of the paper must be primary sources, with secondary sources being used to present and/or support the thesis based on the work of other scholars.
Primary documents: official records, letters, diaries, newspaper articles, photos, posters
Secondary sources: books, articles, and Web sites about historical topics.
C. Research Paper
Finished paper should include a title page, endnotes pages (if used) and bibliography (without annotations). This paper will be 8-10 double-spaced pages (excluding the title page, endnotes pages, and the bibliography), with one-inch margins, times new roman font size 12, and either footnotes or endnotes (Chicago Style). Do not use parenthetical notes.
Thesis Statement: Your paper will start with the thesis statement and introduction which should be a well-developed paragraph.
Body of the Paper: The finished paper will use both primary and secondary sources to increase the plausibility of the clearly stated, analytical thesis. It will be carefully structured, composed, and proofread, with all required components included in the correct order. You need a minimum of 7 sources to be eligible for a grade of C; 10 sources to be eligible for an A. Note the specific requirements for primary and secondary sources.
Conclusion: The end of the paper should indicate what conclusion you have come to after having researched and written about the subject. It should also demonstrate how or why you have arrived at a particular conclusion.
Bibliography: The works—both primary and secondary—that are used in your paper should all be listed in your bibliography.
The final paper should be 8-10 double-spaced pages in length, exclusive of title page and any endnote and bibliography pages. It should be composed in Microsoft Word with one-inch margins on all sides, 10 or 12 pitch, and Times New Roman font. Check the Course Schedule for the due date.