Analytical Checklist for Historical Investigation or Research Paper

This is a generic tool that can be adapted to a variety of narrative pieces.

Not Evident

Very Evident

2 3 4 1. Does the paper have an informative title?

2 3 4 2. Does the writer's introduction set the stage with contextual background?

2 3 4 3. Does the writer include a clear thesis statement?

2 3 4 4. Does the writer use varied sources to provide adequate and varied support for the thesis statement?

2 3 4 5. Does the writer fully analyze and evaluate the support of primary and secondary sources?

2 3 4 6. Does the writer document the sources within the paper using required sources with appropriate citations?

2 3 4 7. Does the conclusion reinforce the thesis and make connections to the topics historical significance or explain why it matters today?

2 3 4 8. Does the writer include a correctly formatted Works Cited list?

2 3 4 9. Is the paper well organized and readable?

2 3 4 10. Does the writer use a minimum of three different sources? For example, one from the internet, one from a book, and one from a primary source document.

2 3 4 11. Does the paper introduce quotations smoothly?

2 3 4 12. Is the writer's tone appropriate for the audience and purpose?

2 3 4 13. Is the paper relatively free of errors in grammar and usage?

2 3 4 14. Is the paper relatively free of errors in spelling and mechanics?

Total Points

Priorities for revision or for your next paper: 1.

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