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How to Research and Write About History

In this 6-week class, students will learn how to research primary and secondary sources and a write a 4-7-page history research paper using Turabian formatting.
Kandy Crosby-Hastings
142 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 7 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Wed, Mar 1, 2023

Mar 1 – Apr 5, 2023 (6 weeks)
9:00 – 9:55 AM
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Class Experience

Students will gain an understanding of the importance of using primary and secondary sources in history research. They will learn to format a history paper according to the Turabian style guide. Turabian is a more complicated method of formatting that is appropriate for history papers. 
I have a master's degree in history and a master's degree in professional writing. I have published history papers. I won first place for my history research at a research symposium in 2018. 
At the end of each week, students will be given a portion of their research to conduct or paper to write for the next week's class.  Homework could take anywhere between two and four hours, depending upon the individual student. Students will be expected to read enough of the sources to be familiar with the topic presented and the viewpoint of the authors. 
Students will need access to a computer with a word processing software in order to complete their research papers. They will also need to bring to class materials to take notes such as paper or notecards and a pen or pencil. Students will need to have access to the internet and/or print sources (books and/or periodicals) to conduct their research. They will also need their own copy of the style guide for Turabian formatting.
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I will provide a letter grade and detailed feedback at the end of this six-week class.  
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be able to choose their area of history research, within reason. Topics must be approved by the teacher. It is important to note, per Outschool policy, all topics must be secular in nature. Topics that involve racism, sexism, bigotry, or any oppression of marginalized groups will not be allowed.  The topic must be one over which scholarly research can be conducted. 
Students will be taught to use Google Scholar to locate primary sources. They will need access to books, periodicals, and/or websites for their research. We will refer to the Turabian style guide throughout the class.  


Kandy Crosby-Hastings
Lives in the United States
Homeschool Teacher, MA History, MA Professional Writing, MA Human Services
142 total reviews
201 completed classes

About Me

My name is Kandy Crosby-Hastings. I teach history, classic literature, and writing classes. I am a homeschool parent of two sons, who are now teenagers. We have homeschooled for thirteen years. I also have experience working in the public school... 
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