The paper shall ben length, written in scholarly style with appropriate footnotes and bibliography (must follow Chicago Style). Page numbers to all citations and quotations are required. • The paper must have a title that describes your topic and thesis. The paper must contain an introduction that describes your topic, question, evidence, and thesis; a main body in which you develop your argument; and a brief conclusion. • You must follow the MS Word template for the research essay, which will be made available for download on Nexus.
The following will be considered in grading your research essay: • Does the research essay follow the MS Word template made available through Nexus? • Does the research essay have the required structure of introduction (topic, question, evidence, thesis), main body (in which you develop your argument and present your evidence) and conclusion? • How well is the research problem developed, i.e. how well are the guiding question and thesis constructed? Do they help focus the paper? Are they reasonable given the limited amount of sources? • How well is the argument developed? Are opposing arguments considered and weakened or even refuted? Is the argument well-structured and clearly marked by verbal signifiers (First, second, third: on the one hand ... on the other; whereas ... nevertheless; etc.) Does the argument speak directly to your thesis? • Is the evidence well used: does the argument emerge from the evidence? Does the evidence support your thesis? . Is the evidence well presented (are all sources cited and are parts at the core of your argument quoted)? . Is sufficient historical context provided without going off on tangents irrelevant to your main argument? Formatting of Written Assignments • No separate title page. First page must state your name, instructor name, course number and title, the word count, and the title of your essay. Assignments must be printed, double-spaced, and on only one side of each sheet of paper. Pages must be numbered. Staple the pages; do not use paper clips, binders or folders. • Keep a second copy of the work that you hand in and keep all graded written work until you receive your mark in the mail at the end of the course. Quoting and Citing • Quote only where necessary, i.e. where paraphrasing or summarizing will lose the meaning of the original text. Direct quotations must be copied exactly, including punctuation, spelling, italicized words, etc., and their precise page and source given. If words are misspelled in the original, copy them in their incorrect form and mark them with "[sic]' after the word. If