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When trying to decide when to quote the sources, a few “rules of thumb” are useful.

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Topics I want to write/focus on:
-It’s origin
-The spread of the plague
-Its effects (how it affected history, led to what it is now etc)
The term-paper is to be done on a topic of your choice and must be chosen from the subject matter and time-period this class covers, meaning: World Civilizations, 3500BCE-1600CE For the paper you must use 4 sources (2 secondary and 2 primary): 2 Secondary Sources: This means modern, scholarly books written by a university professor. Journal articles from JSTOR (which must be at least 15 pages long) can also fulfill the secondary source requirements. REMEMBER: With the exception of Ebooks from the UCR library website and journal articles found on JSTOR. NO other type of internet secondary source can be used. This means articles from sites such as Wikipedia are UNACCEPTABLE, they cannot be used and will not fulfill this requirement.
❗️Use The Black Death by Rosemary Horrox
2 Primary Sources: You also need two primary sources. This means works written by someone who lived during the time (or shortly thereafter) of the topic you are describing. You always want to find eyewitness accounts (if they exist) or accounts written by someone who was alive during the period of your topic. If these do not exist, then you want to find sources written by someone who lived shortly after the period of your topic. This could mean as much as a few centuries afterwards since these people would have access to sources that no longer exist today. For example, if you are writing a paper on Julius Caesar you would first use Caesar’s own accounts of his military campaigns. Then you could also find accounts written by his contemporaries such as Cicero before moving on to later authors who wrote biographies of Caesar or histories of his time. Some of these authors lived a few centuries later but are still acceptable because they often used contemporary sources that are now lost. It is acceptable to use the internet to fulfill the primary source requirement. Bibliography & Citations: Your paper must have a proper bibliography page at the end (the bibliography page does not count towards the page total). The bibliography must contain all the information about each source you used. It must include the author’s name (last name first), the year the book was published, the title of the book (in italics), and the publisher. For a journal article, you must include the author’s name, year published, title (in quotation marks), the name of the journal (in italics), and page numbers. For primary sources either include the above information from the book along with the name of the translator or the information from the website where you found the source. In your paper all references and quotes must have proper citations. Since there will be a full citation in the bibliography you do not need a full citation in each citation. Instead in the citations only include the author’s name and the page number where you found your information. If the citation is from a primary source include the author’s name and page or chapter number. When trying to decide when to quote the sources, a few “rules of thumb” are useful. You should always cite the sources if you are using information from them that you did not already know (again don’t cite the lectures). Additionally, cite the sources or offer quotations when you think they enrich or support your point. For instance, if you are describing the cruelty of a particular ruler, offer a quote from a source that would make your point. Imagine that you were reading your paper in a presentation and think of the quotes as if they were pictures: whenever you would want to show the audience a picture to make your point or give them a better idea of what you mean, then add a quote. If you are making claims that may be controversial, then quotes/citations are even more important.

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