HIST 1301 Research Project Instructions The purpose of this research project is to enhance your abilities as a researcher, writer, editor, student and future professional. You will be required to choose a historical topic and demonstrate what you have learned in your tenure as a student. • Learning Objectives 1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence. 2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. 3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history. Tasks This research project divided into a series of tasks, each with its own set of instructions. 1. Select your Topic 2. Compile a Research Journal 3. Outline your Ideas 4. Write your Research Paper 5. Make Corrections Minimum Requirements for the Paper Your paper must meet or exceed the minimum requirements listed below: 1. Minimum of approximately 1,500 words. (I will be checking.) You will lose ten points for every 100 words below the minimum limit. 2. Your work needs to be cited in Chicago format with footnotes. There will be no excuse for not having proper citations. There are plenty of materials on my website and the internet on how to do this. No Citations = No Grade 3. Your paper must contain at least three primary and four secondary sources. The secondary sources must come from academic journals. 4. Using Direct Quotes – You are limited to two direct quotes. Five points will be deducted for each direct quote in excess of two. 5. The paper needs to be submitted in Adobe (.pdf) or MSWORD. Below you will find a step-by-step guide to assist you in developing your research project.