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Writing a research paper is a lot easier on you, the student, when you set yourself certain goals. All of this takes place before you start the research and the writing. The saying goes that if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. So rather than rushing in to begin writing your research paper, stop, take stock of the situation and list your goals. Here are a few possible specific goals.
History is big. Like, really really big. It pretty much covers everything. So when you sit down to do a paper, it’s easy to get lost in time. Sometimes a history research paper will have a broad remit, but that doesn’t mean the paper itself should be too broad. Here are a few reasons why keeping it sleek and to the point is a much better path.
Rambling is the bane of research papers everywhere. It’s easy to do, easier to spot, and will kill your grade. In history, it’s too easy to link events back to ones previous to them , and previous to them, and previous to, well, you get the idea. Stay focussed, stay on target, and you’ll find your paper is much more tight, and will get a better grade.
If you tackle the big picture, sometimes you can forget what you’re trying to say. It’s easier to write a paper focussed on one specific point in one specific time than it is to try to comprehend a thousand years of human interaction.
Further to this, it’s almost impossible to have anything new and meaningful to say when you’re dealing with macro-historical events. We all know the basics of who did what when and why, but if you’re writing a research paper you need to go deeper than that, you need to understand the tiny motivations behind these people, these events.
There’s nothing worse, from a reviewer’s point of view, than reading the same paper twenty times over. Every Week. Every Year. Don’t be the guy in class who waffles on and never gets into the gritty details, because you can be sure there are a bunch of others doing the exact same thing. If you want that good grade and you want to stand out, then you have to discover something different, and that’s not going to come in the forth of some massive pan-historical investigation. No, it’s going to come from you reading up on every little thing about one tiny, seemingly unimportant point. When it comes down to it, you need to be different. History doesn’t change, but you can reinterpret it. You probably can’t reinterpret the large scale stuff, the big events, the centuries old narration, but you can change the little thigns on the ground. So focus on that, and get that grade you deserve.
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