Political science

1.  To start writing your paper, please download the INTER-STATE WARS and INTRA- STATE WARS lists at Desire2Learn under “Guides”—“Term Paper Guidelines”. Choose a war that you are interested in exploring from these lists.


2.  Your review of the war of your choice is expected to be between 7-8 pages. Your essay needs to be written in Word, with “Times New Roman” font, 12 font-size and double- spaced. In terms of your page margins, you should leave 1 inch from top, bottom, right and left of the page.


3.  For this essay, you are expected to read books, articles, and newspaper articles and address the factual and interpretative questions listed in the guideline (pg.4) in an essay format. It is especially important that you bring in evidence from these sources to support your points.


4.  There two main sources that you can use for your essay. You can search for books and scholarly articles through the University Libraries’ catalog and article finder at http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/. If you are off-campus, please download the VPN software to your computer to access library sources (http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/research/offcampusaccess.htm). Please make sure that you consult the books that are physically in the library or you can order from another library through Prospector or Interlibrary Loan. It is not recommended that you read excerpts of a book online, e.g., through Google Books, as online sources usually skip several pages of a book.


The second source you can consult is newspapers. The Historical New York Times Archive will be an important reference. You can also refer to these sources: The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Economist, and Newsweek. You can find these newspapers and magazines in the databases Proquest and LexisNexis Academic. You can find a database by searching here: http://libraries.colorado.edu/screens/findarticles.html#SEARCH

You can also search for an individual newspaper or magazine at the Libraries website by entering the title of the publication in the E-journal finder: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/research/ejournalfinder.htm


You do not have to use all of these sources but to make sure that you have enough evidence to write your paper, you can check out as many sources as possible. When you are searching for your case in the Library catalog or article finder, you can enter key words such as the name of the country or countries involved in the war, and/or the name of the war. You can also limit your search to the dates on which the war took place (Proquest and Lexis Nexis will allow you to do that).











5.  Please follow this reference format when citing your sources.


Newspaper articles:

New York Times, July 7, 1963, “Concerns Watch Caribbean Strife.”



Jeremy Weinstein. 2007. Inside Rebellion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



Elisabeth Jean Wood. 2008. “The Social Processes of Civil War: The Wartime

Transformation of Social Networks”, Annual Review of Political Science 11:539-561.


If you are quoting from a source that you have read, please put the quote in quotations as below. Then attach a footnote to the quote and put the author’s name and date in the footnote (if quoting from a newspaper article, include the title of the newspaper and full date);


“Third-party countries shipments were held up by the disagreements between their neighbors.”


6.  Organization is important to write a good paper. A good organization makes a paper easy and fun to read. It helps you to organize your thoughts. Here are a few issues to consider:

a)  Find a good title for your paper that makes sense to the reader,

b)  Plan on having sections such as introduction, facts about the war, interpretation of the war, and conclusion so that the reader can trace where you are going and is not lost in the argument.


7.  Grammar mistakes should be corrected before you turn in your paper. This usually requires reading the paper a couple of times. Avoid long and complex sentences. Aim at explaining your point in a simple and straightforward way.


8.  Please avoid any value judgments or any arguments that might reveal your political preferences. If the war that you are exploring also involved the US, do not refer to the US as “we”. Scholars commonly use the country names rather than the “we” or “they”


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