In this paper you will explain an idea from the reading and apply it to another case, either historical or recent. About half the content of your paper should be specifics from the book, about half should be about your example--you may organize this as two approximately equal sections. Higher grades will go to papers that exhibit logical thinking, an analytical framework, specific evidence, the ability to inform and communicate, sound organization, and a concise and coherent argument. All parts of your paper must include specific factual information from your research, not just your own impressions. I expect you to come to your own conclusion (and so you are allowed to use "I").
Instructions on paper format:
Your paper should be 4-5 double spaced typed pages (1000 to 1200 words) and include a references in a standard form (MLA, Chicago, or APA). It should be printed out double-spaced with your name and course information at the top. Papers must be handed in via Canvas, screened by the Turnitin plagiarism detection system. (This system does keep a copy of your paper--if you have a problem with that please speak to the professor.) Late papers will be penalized two points if handed in later than the due date and an additional two points for each calendar day late (so a paper two days late would lose six points).
You must provide footnotes or
references to your sources (not just for quotes but also for
specific information and arguments) in the text of the paper and
provide at the end an overall list of the sources you used to
write your paper (you may include sources that you read and
found useful but did not cite in the text). You must use
either MLA, APA, or Chicago format for references--papers that
fail to use one of those formats and use it correctly will be
penalized. You can find standard formats at:
Be careful to avoid plagiarism.
The syllabus states:
Checklist for a good paper: