PAPER WORKSHEET HIST 354 SPRING 2006
CONTENT. Choose a Tudor ruler, politician or courtier, cultural figure, or religious leader for your topic; e.g., Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Thomas Wolsey, Anne Boleyn, Robert Dudley, Christoper Marlow, Thomas Cranmer. Examine the various ways your individual has been portrayed (historically, literarily, and artistically) through the centuries. You should discuss at least three primary sources (ones dating from the time period of your individual) and five secondary sources. What different interpretations do you find about this personís character and actions? What elements of his/her life seem most controversial? Which interpretations do you find most persuasive and why?
FORMAT. State your thesis (the point/points you wish to prove about your topic) and the arguments you will employ to develop it in your introductory paragraph. Give examples from both primary and secondary sources to illustrate your points but confine direct (verbatim) quotations to primary materials. Arguments from secondary materials, especially textbooks, should generally be paraphrased (put in your own words). Summarize your conclusions in a final paragraph.
Acknowledge all your sources, whether quoted or paraphrased. When in doubt, CITE! Use endnotes in the humanities format to cite your sources. Endnotes involve consecutive numbers at the end of the sentence or paragraph which you have quoted or paraphrased. The actual note giving author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, and pages consulted will appear consecutively numbered at the end of the paper. Do not use the same number more than once. If a source is repeated, use a shortened reference the second and subsequent time around. Here's an example of an endnote page:
1. Frederick R. Stevenson and Carl Feiss, "Charleston
and Savannah," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 10 (December 1951): 3-9.
2. John W. Reps, The Making of Urban America: A History of City Planning in the United States (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965), 157-159.
3. A Plan of Charles Town from a Survey by Edward Crisp in 1704, Map Collection, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
4. Reps, The Making of Urban America, 158.
5. Edmund N. Bacon, Design of Cities, revised edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1976), 92-105.
Papers will be graded on both content and style. Thus, it is important that you proofread carefully for spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure that your thesis is clearly stated and that it is adequately supported by the evidence. Each paragraph should deal with only one main idea, and paragraphs should follow logically from one another. Use transition sentences, not separate headings, to move from topic to topic. Papers are due at the beginning of class on 20 April. Late papers will be marked down 10 points for each day late.
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