A Short Paper Assignment allows you to demonstrate your research skills to your instructor and to receive feedback that will benefit you as you continue your studies.

With this assignment, you will learn how to do proper and adequate research and write a short history paper:  

You choose the topic, but it must be manageable.  Students often make the error of choosing too broad a subject for short papers.  

Choose the time period before 1877.  Sorry, folks, no D-Day or 9/11.  They haven’t happened yet, so to speak!

For example, choose a single battle but not the whole Civil War.  Instead of just discussing “Slavery,” choose a pivotal event like Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

This short paper is at least three double-spaced pages of text (Times New Roman, font size 12). 

Include a separate title page and bibliography as per Assignment 1.  Cover pages include your name, institution, course number/title, instructor’s name, and date.

You must consult a minimum of two academically credible sources from the

Something that would also raise the bar is the inclusion of historic newspapers from

Bibliographies and citations will be in an acceptable style format, either MLA, APA, or Chicago.