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HIS 101: World Civilization through 1600

Assignment Basics


  • Must fall within the time scope of the class.
  • Must be an arguable thesis:
  • Be sure you can find sufficient resources for the topic!


  • An introduction with thesis statement, body with 3-4 points to support the thesis, a conclusion.

Style and Format

  • 5 to 7 pages, double spaced.
  • Typed using Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • No first or second person pronouns (e.g. I, my, you).
  • Numbers are to be spelled out unless they are dates.
  • First page includes Title, student name, assignment name.
  • Use footnotes and the MLA Style Guide for your bibliography.


  • Include a minimum of 2 primary sources.
  • Include a minimum of 3 scholarly secondary sources, such as:
    • Scholarly books and journals.
    • Each secondary source must be a different medium (e.g. book, journal, podcast, film, etc.).
  • Evaluate the credibility of your sources.
  • You may NOT use your textbook or Wikipedia as a source!
  • Cite all sources using the MLA Style Guide. Failure to do so is plagiarism, which is grounds for failure!

Allow yourself time to develop your topic!

Seminole State Library. (2014, January 29). 5 components of information literacy [video]. YouTube.