Title of Your Paper: Including Subtitle
Introduction to your topic and should have a strong thesis statement about your topic. A useful way to think about a thesis is: In this paper I’m going to argue XYZ, I’m going to use the following evidence to make my case which will demonstrate that all previous analysis on this issue has been wrong.
And if you cite directly from someone else’s work or if you are summarizing an idea that is not your own work, don’t forget to include a footnote.
If you are going to utilize a quote that is more than four sentences in length then single space and “justify” the margins and precede the block quote with a colon. For example:
It remains true, however, that medieval Europe was a “persecuting society,” increasingly, not only of Jews, but also of lepers and anyone whose beliefs or behavior smacked of heresy or deviance at a time when religious and moral conformity were being demanded more insistently than ever before. It stands to reason that such a drive for uniformity and homogeneity would engender resistance to cultural pluralism and provide fertile soil for ethnic tolerance.
When you resume, unless you are starting an entirely new thought, which is not usually the case, there is no need to indent.
The goal of this paper is to conduct secondary (not primary) source research and determine what scholars are saying about your topic of choice. However, if primary source materials such as newspapers and magazines help your argument then by all means use them. Analyze the arguments and then make your own. You may agree, disagree or argue from a completely different perspective. The goal is that you engage with the existing scholarship to make your case. You should avoid to the best of your ability phrases like “I believe” or “I feel,” as these tend to rely more on emotions than they do scholarship.
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