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HIST 102 - Van Valkenburg (History of the United States Since 1865)

This guide will help you plan and complete your research paper for Ms. Van Valkenburg's class.

Preliminary Reading: Getting Acquainted With Your Topic

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

What are others saying and writing about your topic? What different issues or ideas really interest you enough to focus your research on? Who is writing about your topic?

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Be Strategic: Create Research Questions