RESEARCH PAPERS: You are to write a 2,000-word research paper presenting your opinion on or
insight into some medieval topic. The paper must follow MLA guidelines regarding page format, page
numbering, and parenthetical citations and works cited. Along with the 2,000 words of text and the works
cited page, the paper will also include a title page and an outline (in sentence or topic structure) that
employs the proper labeling sequence, covers at least three main points, and extends to the third level of
detail on two different occasions. You must use a minimum of five academically appropriate sources, one
of which may be your textbook and one of which MUST be an internet source.
Technical guidelines: ‘
Paper must be a minimum of 2,000 words excluding title page, outline, and works cited.
All papers MUST be typed in a standard 12-point font (i.e. Times New Roman).
Papers must follow basic MLA format: 1-inch margins, double-spaced, etc.
First-person references MAY NOT be used.
Spelling, grammar, and neatness count.
The topic must be medieval in nature.
The first paragraph of the paper should end with a worthy thesis statement.
The thesis statement must express a strong, defendable opinion about the topic.
The opinion must be supported by at least three arguments or elements of evidence.
The arguments/evidence should be supported by academically appropriate sources.
All evidence, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, must be documented.
The final paragraph of the paper should restate (NOT REPEAT) the thesis statement as
part of the summary and conclusion.