Research Paper Rules

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Research Paper Critique Sheet

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Research Paper Critique Sheet

Research Paper Rules

This event is submitted and judged virtually. The entry is due one week prior to contest day. 

Entry Limit:  1 research paper per school, with 1-2 authors

Length Limit:  minimum 700 words, maximum 1000 words, not including title page and Works Cited

Format: Your submission must be a single PDF. The first page of the PDF should be a title page, followed by the body of the paper, the Works Cited, and any supplemental materials you wish the judges to have. IN ADDITION, you must submit a copy of the paper, including the Works Cited, in a Microsoft Word-compatible format. 

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.

All entries will be checked for plagiarism via turnitin.com or a similar service.