A Student's Guide: The Research Essay
4.1: Writing the Research Essay -- Introduction
Your instructor will often assign a shortessay as a means of assessing your understanding ofparticular historical topics and/or themes. The shortessay--usually between five and ten pages, typed anddouble-spaced, is an excellent way for you to demonstrateyour ability to condense a great deal of material intowhat is essentially a compact essay. A short essay is nota research essay and should not be treated as such. Hintson how to write the research paper are given below.