How to Write a History Research Paper

History Research Paper

1. How to choose suitable topic?

In order to select the best topic for you, it is needed that you refine it until it's ready. First, you need to think of a history area that you are interested in. 

Remember if you are not interested in writing this paper, no one will be interested in reading it, either. For example, let's suppose you have selected the WWII. This is a very broad topic which needs to be narrowed. Let's proceed with breaking down the topic and identifying possible themes until you selected the interesting one. Perhaps you are interested in the causes of WWII? Some political or military leaders involved in the conflict? Or maybe you want to describe some battle? As you see, there are lots of possible topics to be extracted form one topic area. So continue brainstorming until you think that you have selected the one for your paper.

2. But I cannot find any relevant material on my topic.

If you selected a topic, this does not mean that you should immediately write about it. Spend some time researching it to know whether there is considerable amount of available literature to include in your paper. Ask your librarian for help as well. As you review the books on the topic, you may find useful literature in the footnotes and references. Lots of helpful information can be found online as well.

3. How do I put all this together?

A. Outline

Think about possible preliminary thesis statements. Pick up the one that expresses your own opinion and make a structure according to your selection. It is recommended not to get too detailed in the outline.

B. The first draft

Begin writing your paper using your outline and information that you gathered. Continue writing and do not worry if there are some gaps in your research. It will be much easier to fill them as you write the final draft. Experienced writers suggest not to start with an introduction. Save it for later and write the body. In the end, you will be inspired and your introduction will be written in the matter of minutes.

C. The second draft

This middle draft is often called a heart of the writing process for any papers. It is recommended to leave your first draft unattended for a day and then come back fresh. Read your paper as someone else's and use your criticism to improve the content. Do not be discouraged if you think that your work needs changes. Even experienced writers do this and revise works several times. At this point it is also recommended to check the clarity of your main points and their relation with the thesis statement.

D. The third draft (the final one)

All that is left to do is revise the work in terms of style and rules of academic writing. See whether you used appropriate words and sentence structures. Make sure you have not repeated yourself and make transitions smooth and logical.