You will write a proposal for a research paper on any topic in history. Be sure that your topic is narrow enough to be meaningful. So, for example, if you wanted to do a biographical type paper, you should not set out to write on something so broad as “The Life of Thomas Jefferson.” Rather, you would pick a segment of his life such as “Jefferson as Governor of Virginia” or “Jefferson’s Education at William and Mary,” etc.
Format: Title page, 1-2 pages (proposal and annotated bibliography)
Proposal Content: The proposal will be shaped by the following questions or comments: For each question or comment you will give a 2-3 sentence narrative.
1. As a senior history student, explain the concept and purpose of a research proposal and what you believe it should include.
2. What is your research question or topic and why did you choose it?
3. How did you determine key sources needed to write on this topic?
Annotated Bibliography: List at least 6 annotated sources you intend to use for the project (Turabian format with a 2-3 sentence annotation for each source stating how the source specifically addresses the research topic).
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.