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Research Paper Assignment:
Topic and Bibliography
Topic
1. Select the topic for your research paper. This is the theme you will use to compare and contrast two different civilizations. From the list below, choose a topic that will be the focus of your research paper. Conflict

Women
Culture
2. Select two civilizations to compare and contrast in your research paper. Based on the topic you chose, select two civilizations that you will compare and contrast. Select one civilization from each column and compare them to each other.

Classical GreeceIndia
2100 BC-1500 BC350 BC-AD 600
vs.
RomeChina
750 BC-AD 500350 BC-AD 600
Bibliography

After selecting your topic and the two civilizations you will compare and contrast, your next step in developing your research paper is identifying excellent Web resources where you can find the information you will need later when you develop your paper’s thesis statement and outline.

A critical aspect of creating a good bibliography of Web-based sources is assessing whether these sources are valid and dependable. Use the form below for each of the five Web sites you select to show that you have fully assessed the quality of each site.

Remember, you want sites that include content about your topic and the civilizations you are comparing and contrasting, all during the appropriate era. Answer the last question in each form to demonstrate how that Web site will provide information about your chosen topic and civilizations.

Web Site # 1 Title _______________________________________
URL (Web address) _______________________________________
Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)
Yes
No
Uncertain

Who is responsible for the site?
Is there an individual author?
Yes, author's name _______________________________
No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?
Yes, agency's name _______________________________
No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association? Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________
No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency? Yes
No

What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)
edu (educational)
net (network/utilities)
gov (government)
org (organization)
mil (military)
com (commercial)

Where can you find more information?
Is there an email address?
Yes, it is _____________________
No

Is there contact information other than an email address?
Yes, phone#/street address _____________________
No

Is there documentation (like a bibliography) for factual statements, assertions and secondhand information? Yes, there are citations for sources
No

Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?
Yes, links/references for other viewpoints
No

Why was this site created?
To sell
To persuade
To advocate an agenda
To inform

Are advertisements (if any) appropriate for the content of this site? Yes
No
Uncertain

Explain:

Prove Appropriateness: Write a sentence or two explaining why your trust this site to provide valid information.

Prove Usefulness: How will this Web site enable you to create a thesis statement and outline for your research paper? Write a sentence or two defining the specific ways this site will be useful.

Web Site # 2 Title _______________________________________
URL (Web address) _______________________________________
Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)
Yes
No
Uncertain

Who is responsible for the site?
Is there an individual author?
Yes, author's name _______________________________
No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?
Yes, agency's name _______________________________
No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association? Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________
No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency? Yes
No

What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)
edu (educational)
net (network/utilities)
gov (government)
org...
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