Guidelines for the Analytical Source Essay
- Your Analytical Source Essay must be between 6 and 8
double-spaced pages in length. For each page short of the
minimum required for the final draft you will lose 1% of the course
- It must be written in either Courier or Times Roman
font with a 12-pt. pitch.
- For the rough drafts as you all know you are to turn in
at least 6 pages of text, with a reduction of the credit received for
the rough draft on a per page basis for each page short of this total.
For each page short of the minimum required for the rough
draft you will lose 1% of the course mark.
- It must have proper footnotes using the rules of the
Chicago Manual of Style as laid out in Kate Turabian's A Manual for
Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.
- You must use ONLY the primary source assigned to you
and no other primary sources.
- It must use primary and secondary sources, though its
primary focus should be on the primary source assigned to you.
Specific Guidelines Your Analytical Source Essay must
contain the following sections:
- a .5-.75-page introduction, which should give a brief
overview of your paper and should chiefly be a summary of the content
of your source(s).
- a 1-page description of the context to which the source
relates, i.e. describe the events, phenomena, persons, etc. on which
the source(s) chosen provides information.
- a 1-page discussion of the biases of your source, the
audience(s) of the source(s), focusing on tone, assumptions made,
style of presentation, arguments made, and the limitations of the
- 2-3-page discussion of the questions that you would
answer using this source, including specific examples illustrating
how the source(s) can help answer these questions as well as specific
indications of what other PRIMARY sources
would be necessary to answer these
questions and why they would be helpful.
- a 1-2-page discussion in which you indicate how the
questions that you feel that your assigned primary source(s)
address(es) connect to
a larger discussion or discussions among historians (i.e. what
or historiographies does it relate to).
- a conclusion summing up your findings in brief.
1. In light of what appears to have been confusion as to what a full
page means I feel compelled to note in rather specific terms how you
define this concept for purposes of this course. A full page
all of the page is filled with text and that the page has 1" (1-inch)
all the way around the page. On the first page you are allowed
2.5" (2.5 inches) at the top of the page for your title and heading,
2. For those wanting to make up for an informal writing missed you may
do so by turning in a proper bibliography with your analytical source
essay (pertaining of course to that paper).
3. You Must turn in the rough draft of your analytical source essay
with your final draft. If you do not, you will receive no credit,
i.e. a zero, for your analytical source essay.