PSD Project


Please use the information below to make the most of your Term Project written assignment.

Format Expectations

The essay portion of the Term Project must be 3 – 4 pages in length, TNR 12-pt font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced. In the paper, you must discuss the type and the relevance of the primary source that you chose.  This portion should be completed only after you have fully analyzed your Primary Source Document, and completed the corresponding Analysis Worksheet.

Requirements for written portion of assignment:

  • Title Page
  • Footnotes, NO END NOTES!!  
  • Use a Works Cited page, not “Bibliography” as separate page at end of paper, not to be included in page count.


The Term Project is an academic paper and as such, citations, foot notes, and bibliography are expected. To that end I have included links to sites for Chicago formatting, which is the only acceptable format for History papers. Any other format will not be accepted and a grade of zero will be assigned for this assignment if a paper is submitted in anything other than Chicago.

Please consult the library databases or the dedicated librarian for guidelines on writing a term paper in Chicago formatting, including title page and citations.

One link is to the LSC library source, the other to OWL at Purdue. You may use other sources but the key here is that YOU MUST USE Chicago formatting or your paper will receive a zero.

If citations are not included in your work, it becomes simply a narrative, with no academic merit and as such will receive a zero.

Make use of the resources available to you – your grade will reflect it.

If you are unsure of anything PLEASE ASK ME.

Guidelines for the Primary Source Term (Written) Project:

Use the following guidelines to enhance your written submission, however these questions are not meant to be answered one after the other. You are expected to write a term paper that includes many of these points, as are relevant to your document. Citations and evidences are required.

Think about this before you write:

1. Place the document or item in historical context

2. List the document’s or item’s main points

3. Explain the document’s or item’s historical significance

Historical Context:

Place the document in historical context involves answering some the following questions:

o Who is the author?

o What is the author’s position in society?

o What are his or her viewpoints concerning the major issues of

their time?

o What can be said about the author’s time? In other words, what

are the major issues and events concerning the author and

affecting society at the time the document is being conceived and


o For whom was the document written? In other words, who is the

intended audience?

Main Points:

Students should ask the following question to understand the document’s main points:

o Why was the document written/produced? In other words, what

points did the author most want to convey?

Historical Significance:

Students should address the following questions when determining and evaluating the document’s

historical significance:

o What impact did the document have on the author’s society?

o What impact did it have on later generations?

o What groups in particular did the document impact?

o Was the impact important, and if so, why?