Source Paper No. 1
Okay, the time has come for
paper. Since this is the first paper, we will start fairly small
expanding on the source exercises you have all been doing in class.
Below you will see a hyper-link "Source: Matteo Ricci's Journal."
If you click here you will find the primary source that you need
for this paper. Once you've located the source (and I would
recommend printing it off as well) you are ready to begin the work for
the paper. Please note, use only this source for the paper.
So, what must you do? Here are major sections to the paper:
1. A one-half page description
of the source's basic contents (25% of the mark for the paper).
2. A one-half page discussion
of what the source can tell you about the Ming empire (25% of the mark
3. A one-half page discussion
of the questions you could answer using this source or a source like it
of the mark for the paper).
4. A one-half page discussion
of the source's biases, e.g. whose viewpoint is represented and how
does that skew what's presented, what's missing from the account, etc.
(25% of the mark for the paper).
General Standards: First, you must type your paper using standard margins (1
inch all around), Times New Roman font and a 12-point type size.
must properly document your use of other people's work in this essay.
In plain terms, whenever you comment on or quote from the web-source
linked below, I expect a proper footnote indicating what material in
you are referencing (a 25% reduction on your paper will occur if you
to document your work properly). For examples of how to footnote, click
on the General Guidelines hypertext in the Formal Writings section of the web
You will also find hints on how to write well and on general guidelines
to what I look for in written work. Finally, your essay must be
full pages in length, double-spaced.
Source: Matteo Ricci's Journal
Recommended Format for the main entry (i.e. first) footnote for the Ricci source:
Paul Halsall, ed., "Chinese Cultural Studies: Matteo
Chinese Government, Selections from his Journals, 1583-1610," from
Syllabus for Core 9: Chinese Culture, June 2, 1999,
(Insert the date you accessed the source for your paper here).
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