History research paper
The work that you have to do on your final history research paper is getting closer every day. Your professor doesn’t fail to mention it at the end of each seminar, your peers won’t stop obsessing over it and hence it’s now taken root in the forefront of your mind.
There is a lot of work to be done and so this introduction should serve to provide you with some helpful information about your paper, and how to make it appear interesting and worthwhile in the process.
History research paper topics
History topics for research papers should be one of the first things you consider. The topic you enjoy writing about will give you the insight you need to create your research question and hence your title, and everybody knows that an original title will make for a more exciting piece of work. Here are some examples of general but interesting topics for you to choose from before you identify the all-important question:
- The Boston tea party
- Women’s suffrage
- World War II
- The Cold War
- Famous assassinations
- The women’s liberation movement
You can also find other world history topics for research papers online or in your own coursework that you have carried out. Maybe there is some unanswered question lurking in work that you have already written. If you’re still finding it difficult to choose one, get with some friends and brainstorm ideas that you’ve all found interesting during the course – there’ll be plenty of worthwhile questions dying to be answered or extended somewhere within!
Tell an interesting story
The previous ideas are but a drop in the ocean when it comes to historical research paper topics. There are hundreds that you could choose from but you should narrow down the search first. The idea is to choose one that you are really interested in reading about, which will make your research less tedious. If you are interested in it, others will be too. When you’re reading in depth about a particular topic that you enjoy, do your research in full: are there some questions you could extend or analyse further? Keep in mind that because it’s a historical paper you might not be able to extend the question as there might not be any data available. That’s why it’s of paramount importance to do your research well, and offset any future limitations in your work.
Writing the interesting story
Once you’ve refined your search and found your imaginative question it’s time to look at how to write your paper. The following shows you a history research paper example, outlining the sections you should include in your work:
- A title page which gives your name, title and details pertaining to your school or college.
- An introduction that details all of the background literature pertaining to the topic in question, and a proposed thesis.
- The body of the paper which present facts and develops arguments in a logical order.
- A conclusion to emphasise facts and how you have proven your thesis.
- References and bibliography to detail the sources you have used. All in the correct format of course.
Before you make a start writing your paper it’s probably a good idea to get a look at a sample history research paper which can be found in your handbook, online, or even as part of a service offered by professional writing companies who offer you samples of some parts of the research paper.