This guide is intended to assist students looking for information resources to support their assigned essay and research guide in the form of an annotated bibliography. You will be looking for primary and secondary source information on the article you have been assigned about a significant event or person in East Asian History (almost all from 1890-1990).
Know your assignment information needs
The essay must be 900-1200 words in length, double spaced in a 12 point font. You need to have a thesis that expresses your main argument in the opening paragraph. You need to provide a concise and accurate narrative of the event that draws on different sources. Your thesis must explain the importance or significance of this event to the course of East Asian History. You must use footnotes or endnotes following the notes/bibliography format from the Chicago Manual of Style. Good essays draw on multiple sources, and deal with problems of bias, and differing interpretations of the event in question.
The research guide will identify at least ten useful sources in the form of an annotated bibliography. You need to explain what each source is and why it may be useful. Your research guide must include:
(a) at least three contemporary accounts or accounts by participants in addition to the article I have provided (what historians call primary sources). Newspaper articles published at the time are likely to be the most easily accessible sources, but government documents and memoirs by participants and other kinds of sources may be available.
(b) At least three useful reference sources or general information sources. These might include articles from reference works in the library, useful articles on the open internet, or useful general histories that deal briefly with the event you are studying and put it in perspective.
(c) three scholarly works from either peer reviewed scholarly journals, or from scholarly published books that are useful in understanding these events. If you find and use more material than the minimum required, you should include these references in your research guide