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European History: Assignment & Overview

How to Start

  "'Not So Very Unreasonable!!! Eh?': Cartoon From 'Punch', 1848, On The Presentation Of The Chartists' Petition To Parliament," Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, accessed 20 Apr 2012,

How to find a topic:

Remember, Dr. Slater has said: "Your topic must have a European history perspective." Please also keep in mind that only one person per class can sign up for a focused topic. 

1) Use your textbook

2) Talk to your parents, grandparents, or relatives 

3) "What about the history of Europe would you like to know more about?"

4) Use the Library's Reference Resources like Britannica School or research starters from Salem Press 

5) Use Wikipedia 

Research Order of Operations

REMEMBER: Represent the Best Possible Sources!

Reference - for background and context (Encyclopedias, Almanacs, Dictionaries, etc. are all Tertiary Sources)

Books - for depth (Secondary Sources)

Primary sources - for evidence

Scholarly Articles - for analysis  (Secondary Sources)

Dr. Slater's Handouts

Goals and Overview


"Schools like The Meadows should teach you how to write at the academic level in your core disciplines, so that you are well-prepared for the collegiate world. The main purpose of this assignment is to do just that: to improve your research, writing, organization, and analytical skills in preparation for college."


  • You have a choice of any topic in European history from 1850 to 1990
    • What about the history of Europe would you like to know more about? 
  • Your topic must have a European history perspective. 
  • Only one person per class per focused topic. 
  • Over the course of the semester you will write a 10-11 page analytical and argumentative research paper (not including title page and bibliography).
  • 15 high quality sources required (at least 4 primary sources). Tertiary sources (reference) are for gathering common background knowledge you do not need to cite in your paper.
  • Chicago Turabian style used for the entire paper (including title page)
  • 1" margins / 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Final Paper must be 10-11 pages with numbered pages (See Rubric)
    • Title Page
    • Footnotes
    • Annotated Bibliography
    • Use 

Guide template courtesy of

Qi Huang, E-Resources Librarian at The Harker School