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Research Paper Rules
Entry Limit: 1 research paper per school, with 1-2 authors
Length Limits: minimum 700 words, maximum 1000 words, not including title page and Works Cited
Write a research paper in English on an interesting German-Texan cultural and/or historical topic. The topic should not be commonly known: a particular person, family, place, building, business, area, group, settlement, organization, church, tradition, activity, practice, etc. The paper should contribute to a greater understanding of German-Texan history and/or culture. The entry must be typed and double-spaced and have internal documentation with proper in-text citation and a Works Cited page, as per MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines. Follow the rules in the latest MLA Style Sheet, paying special attention to rules for entering Internet sources. Use at least three sources, at least two of which must be non-Internet. Digitally-archived sources originally published in hard copy may be counted as non-Internet sources. Sources should include primary sources and secondary sources. Primary sources are evidence in the form of artifacts, photos, letters, interviews, music, charts, illustrations, etc. with a direct connection to the era being studied. They may be personally documented by the contestant(s) (photos taken, interviews recorded) or found in personal collections, archives, libraries, museums, etc. Secondary sources are documents that discuss or analyze primary sources and topics – primarily other academic work.
The contestant’s teacher must e-mail a copy of the paper, including the Works Cited, in a Microsoft Word-compatible format to the regional director by 11:59 p.m. on the Tuesday before the regional contest. All entries will be checked for plagiarism via turnitin.com or a similar service. On the day of contest, submit the following in a sealed 9 x 12 envelope to the designated room by 9:00 a.m.: (1) a hard copy of the paper and Works Cited with a title page including the name(s) of the contestant(s), the name of the teacher, the school and city, and the title of the paper; (2) a USB drive (labeled with name) that contains only the paper itself, the Works Cited, any visual material, and any digital recordings used as primary sources. All materials submitted will be returned on the afternoon of contest, but do not include irreplaceable items in your submission.