Project #20741 - Pearl Harbour

Subject: Written Assignments


Throughout the courses at APUS, you will undoubtedly write a multitude of short papers.  Other types of assignments that you might be required to write / produce are presentations, book reviews, film reviews, and research papers.  This course does not require a research paper so I will not discuss it, but I will quickly discuss each of the other types of assignments as well as the citation format you will use in your history classes.




In history, military history, and military studies classes, we use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) format for citations and the bibliography.  The CMS is the standard format for historians. As such, it is our responsibility to ensure that you use this format so that you become comfortable with it during your undergraduate years.  Please be familiar with when you must cite material in your paper. A common rule is that if you use any of the information from your sources word-for-word, you must cite the source. If you read the information and write it in your own words and it is not common knowledge, then you must cite the source because you are paraphrasing someone’s information.  An important note is that we do not expect perfection in listing your sources, but we do expect you to make a reasonable attempt. If you have questions on the CMS, it is available in the APUS library in the Tutorial & Student Study Center.


Assignment Format


Font: Times New Roman, 12 point

Spacing: Double-spaced, with no additional spaces between lines or paragraphs

Margins: 1” on every side (top, bottom, left and right)

Page Numbers: Centered at the bottom of every page except the cover page

Chicago Manual of Style Format: You need to include a title page, rather than a heading on the first page. You also need to use same-page footnotes and provide a proper bibliography.

Save your paper with an easy to recognize naming convention, such as BlodgettHIST101ShortPaper1


Short Paper


The writing of a short paper allows you, early in the course, to demonstrate your research skills to your instructor and to receive feedback that will benefit you when you write other papers. With this assignment, you will learn how to conduct proper and adequate research that will prepare you for writing papers in upper level classes. The writing of a short paper may sound relatively easy, but it actually requires skills that only through writing multiple short papers can a person begin to master. This primary skill is the ability to construct a concise and well-written paper that shows your comprehension of the topic through analysis of several sources. Unless otherwise informed by your instructor, a short paper is at least three full pages of text, and you must consult a minimum of two academically credible sources.


The initial step in writing the paper is choosing the topic, the second is choosing a bibliography (your sources), and the third step is creating an outline.  The next steps include gathering information from your sources to assist you in writing the paper, keeping notes of your sources, and writing a rough draft.  As you write the rough draft, it is strongly recommended that you keep accurate notes of where you found each aspect of information for your bibliography and to assist you with your citations.  After you complete your rough draft, you need to read it again and revise the paper into your final draft.  Once you have the final draft complete, proofread the paper and submit it to your instructor.


The short paper must include a cover page, footnotes, and a bibliography at the end. While composing your paper, use proper English.  Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/second person (I, me, you, we, our, us).  Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper. To assist your instructor, save your paper with an easy to recognize naming convention, such as:   ShollenbergerHIST101ShortPaper.


Critical Thinking Assignment for the Short Paper


When your instructor grades your written assignment, the instructor will ask you at least three content related questions and place them within the body of the paper.  Two special forums exist in the class where you will post the question and the answer to one of the questions asked by your instructor for that particular assignment.  The first written paper is due during Week Three, your instructor will grade your work during Week Four and include the three questions in the returned graded work.  During Week Five, you will answer the question in a special forum by Friday night and read the questions and answers of your classmates and you may comment on their postings as well. The second written assignment is due during Week Six, your instructor will grade it during Week Seven, and you will answer one of the questions during Week Eight.


Cover (Title) Page


The cover, or title page consists of the title of your paper, your name, student ID number, course number, instructor’s name, and date. You need to center this information both horizontally and vertically. An example is:


By Barry Shollenberger (Student # 11111)

American Public University System

September 1, 2011

HIST101: American History to 1877

Professor Shollenberger




In some classes, you may have to submit a book review, a battle analysis, a film analysis, and other written assignments. In all cases, if you have questions, contact your instructor for guidance once you have a question, do not wait until the day before the due date. Remember, instructors are here to help you in your learning of the subject and will do all that they can, but you shoulder the responsibility of doing the work and asking questions as they arise.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 01/10/2014 12:00 am
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