Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment Instructions
This is the major work for the term. In this assignment, you will be expected to think historically as well as theologically/biblically. You will examine your chosen topic through the lens of historical primary sources and secondary historical sources (scholarly books, peer reviewed journal articles, and online articles by recognized scholars) to develop a thesis statement (a single sentence that sets forth an argument to be defended) that will be developed throughout the paper on the basis of your research. The purpose is not a general overview but a focused paper which delves into a specific person, event, period, etc.
You should have already chosen a topic from the list provided below and have submitted a proposal showing a focused topic/thesis. You will now write a paper of 3,000-3,600 words (10-12 pages, excluding front and back matter). The final paper must include no less than three (3) primary sources and six (6) secondary sources. Secondary sources must be scholarly books and journal articles. Your paper should focus on the historical aspects of the topic and how to apply what you have learned in your research to contemporary challenges in the church.
Your paper must conform to the style standards of the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Most of the detailed instructions you need can be found at the School of Divinity Writing Guide located in the Course Guide.
Your paper should draw upon the writings of Church Fathers, scholars, theologians, and historians as well as Scripture to present a concise overview of the topic along with a view to how to apply what you have learned in the context of contemporary ministry. This project, in many respects, will be merely a sampling, something to whet your appetite, so to speak, for further study. You will be expected to choose your sources judiciously. Works that are general histories or historical accounts should be counted as secondary sources. Works by the persons with whom you are dealing should be considered primary sources. Be sure you consult up to date scholarly journals. These can be accessed through the LUO Library portal.
Remember to review the LUO Honor Code. Also read Turabian on the issue of plagiarism. Put your best effort into your research and your writing. If you are not sure, or think you might need help, contact your instructor or the LUO Writing Center or Tutor.com for help with grammar, style, and spelling.
List of Approved Topics:
· The Crusades
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
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