history research plan and introduction

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Research Plan and Introduction template is included as a file that you need to use, it is provided so that you can follow the exact layout of the paper. The red printed areas in the template need to be filled out. In the template you will see 4 sources (2 primary and 2 secondary sources) that you will be using for this Research Plan and Introduction paper, no other sources other than the 4 that are provided in the template.

Overview of Primary and Secondary Sources

Historical research generally includes analysis of primary sources as well as consideration of scholarly secondary sources.
Primary sources are first-hand accounts of a historical event, usually written at the time the event occurred, by somebody who was somehow involved in the event.
Secondary sources are second-hand accounts of a historical event, usually (but not necessarily) written after the event occurred, by somebody who was not involved in the event. The secondary source uses collections of primary sources to build an interpretation of the event.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Compile secondary sources about your event that address the following questions using the provided materials. Be sure to cite your information using the most recent version of APA guidelines. Based on the sources you have selected, address the following questions:
A. What is the historical context of the event? In other words, what was going on in the world/area/society around the event?
B. How did the historical context influence the event? For instance, what was happening in the world/area/society around the event that impacted how it occurred?

II. Compile primary sources you could use for additional information using the provided materials. Be sure to cite your information using the most recent version of APA guidelines. Based on the sources you have selected, address the following questions:

A. Discuss how the primary sources relate to the secondary sources. Do the primary sources support what the secondary sources are telling you, or do they contradict what those sources have told you?
B. Explain what these primary sources add to your understanding of the topic. How does it help you understand the topic better than the secondary sources?

III. Write your introduction.

A. Based on your primary and secondary source research, turn your research question into a thesis statement that addresses your topic and how it has been influenced by its historical context.
B. From the knowledge you have gained from your primary and secondary sources, determine what background information you will use in the introduction to lead to your thesis statement.
C. Write your introduction. Be sure to incorporate your background information and to conclude with your thesis statement.

Guidelines for Submission: Your research plan and introduction should be 4 pages, with double spacing, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, and formatted according to the most current version of APA style.

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