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Research Paper Option #1: Historiography

This semester you will be required to turn in a 5-6 page research paper on a pre-1500 culture of your choice. For this paper, you will research the current trends in historical scholarship on any part of the ancient world by reading and analyzing several academic articles about the ancient past. Please follow these guidelines when researching and writing your paper:

  • Look for several scholarly peer reviewed journal articles from our library databases (see JSTOR or EBSCO) on any part of the world that discuss the pre-1500 history of a particular region.
  • After doing some initial research, select 2 articles that discuss more or less the same topic. For example, ancient Egyptian pottery, Ancient Chinese agriculture and food production, ancient Mayan mathematics, etc.
  • Make sure each of the articles was published within the last 10 years. This means your article should have been written between 2007 and 2017.

 

Sources - Brief Historical Overview:
may use an encyclopedia, textbook, or history book 

Sources - Article Summary:
must use scholarly peer reviewed articles (see JSTOR or EBSCO)

Research Paper Option #2: Primary Source Analysis

This semester you will be required to turn in a 5-6 page primary source analysis on a pre-1500 culture of your choice. For this paper, you will choose a piece of historical literature that was written in the ancient past.  

Examples of acceptable works include the Analects (China), the Ramayana (India), the Popol Vuh (Maya), the Illiad (Greece), Sundiata (Mali), etc. I can provide more examples to students who are interested in this project.