Instructions from Dr. Skaff: Write a comparative research paper on a historical topic. Choose two contemporary institutions, ideas, or issues--that existed in two parts of one country, two different countries, or two world regions--that can feasibly be compared and contrasted in 12 to 20 pages.
Advice from Prof. Fic: To determine a topic, review subject encyclopedias (see the Background Sources page of this guide) and general histories on topics that interest you. Or, see what primary sources you can easily access. Collect your ideas and track your progress on your project by utilizing a Research Plan (below).