"This course studies the social and political history of the United States from the Colonial era to 1876. Special emphasis is given to the constitutional development of the nation. This course meets the California State University requirements for United States history." --From the LAHC Catalog.
Type: Research Paper
Topic: A topic of your choosing from U.S. History from pre-colonization to Reconstruction
Length: 7-10 Pages
Citation Format: Chicago Manual of Style (with footnotes) and a bibliography
If you have a topic in mind, search the catalog for books and articles to help you narrow or broaden your search. You can use the subject headings to search similar titles or to search as keywords. You can find other keywords in a book or article summary, abstract, or description. When you have enough research to focus on a specific topic, start to think about how your research supports a particular stance or view of the topic. This stance can function as a working thesis that you can refine when you are father in the writing process.
Primary sources are documents or physical objects which were written or created during the time under study.
Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources; they are one or more steps removed from the event.