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This Course Guide has been designed to assist you in doing historical research in a comparative context. It includes links to research tools that will help you find background information, articles and books, primary sources, and other research materials.
Feel free at any time to use our Ask Us Anything chat or email reference service for additional assistance, to sign up for our research consultation service, or contact Christy Fic, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).