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Treaty of Versailles

I want to pick the topic of the Treaty of Versailles for this assignment:

Most Influential Event in WWI

Due: 3/24/22 6pm

Your assignment is to think back throughout WWI and select a single event that you believe is the most influential.  Once you have selected an event, you will be creating a research paper that will defend your selection based on evidence you have gathered from a multitude of scholarly sources.

Basic Requirements:

1. Format

a. The paper must be a 3 page typed paper, must have a maximum of 1 inch margins throughout, must be double spaced, and must be printed out in 12 point type font (Courier or Times Roman).

b. You must use a title page in MLA format

c. Your paper must have a brief but appropriately illustrative title.

d. Staple your papers in the top left-hand corner.

e. Do NOT use plastic covers or binders of any sort.

2. Research

a. The paper must have at least 3 reliable sources from JSTOR / GALE / ABC-CLIO and a separate works cited page (at the end) conforming to MLA standards.

b You should cite at least once from each of the sources listed in your bibliography in the body of the paper as in-text citations.

c. You must not use Wikipedia.

3. Citations

a. In writing the paper, all sources of information must be cited using in-text citations, even when the writer is not quoting directly.

b. In a research paper you should use and display the use of a wide range of sources in your citations.  This gives legitimacy to your paper and avoids issues of plagiarism.

4. Structure

a. The paper must have a concrete thesis and line of reasoning stated in its introductory paragraph. Furthermore, the importance of the information and arguments in the paper should always explicitly support a clearly developed and defended thesis that is central to your topic.

b. Each following paragraph and each example/argument should be explicitly chosen and developed to support that thesis.

c. The conclusion should restate the thesis as an answered question and, ideally, extend the argument to issues of greater historical concern.  Remember: “Tell ’em what you’re gonna tell ’em [introduction], tell ’em [and show/demonstrate to them in the body of the paper], tell ’em what you told ’em [conclusion].”

d. Analysis and argumentation are crucial. Your paper should always be able to pass the “so what?” test; that is, you should always seek to convince your reader of the importance and interest of your topic.

5. Body Paragraphs

a. General narratives of development or descriptions of situations must be supported with concrete and specific evidence. Specific examples, quotations, and other evidence are essential to historical analysis. Thus, note these points:

b. Paragraphs within the body of a research paper should generally have at least one source citation and one concrete example each.

c. You must cite your sources even when paraphrasing or relating information in your own words drawn from a specific source.

d. Even though you are writing a research paper, and will naturally rely on secondary-source analyses, incorporation of primary-source materials relating to your topic is always desirable.

e. Overuse of quotations can detract from the quality of your paper. Generally speaking, you should only quote those phrases that are outstandingly striking and illustrative or use long quotations (of a full sentence or more) when the material is so powerful that it cannot be paraphrased without detracting from its usefulness.