A. Be 1,000 to 1,500 words long.
Have a thesis – an argumentative assertion which your article seeks to prove. The links below explain
how to craft a thesis. A thesis is not a purpose statement, nor does a thesis claim to argue inane
points so obvious as to constitute “common knowledge” – the fact that US flag has thirteen stripes
and fifty stars, for example.
STUDENT NOTE: I have already created the thesis, feel free to make adjustments as needed.
Thesis: The Lifestyle and society our world knows today is a product from the growth of mass leisure and culture in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. From Reality TV and sports to politics and news, the path that has led to these everyday luxuries was paved by the occurrences which sprouted from early European society.
B. Be based upon scholarly resources.
You may not use the following sources:
a. your textbook.
b. Wikipedia, or Wikipedia-like web sites.
c. about.com, or associated sites.
d. ask.com, or associated sites.
non-scholarly-minded web sites. In other words, “Johnny’s Totally Awesome World War II
Web site” won’t work.
f. juvenile literature.
g. encyclopedias of any kind.
You must use at least three scholarly, secondary sources obtained via the UA Libraries’
You must use at least two primary sources. The following websites explain primary sources
and how to use them in your argument.
C. Include citations in the Chicago Manual of Style format, noting the location in which you found your
information. For instructions on how to cite your evidence, view the following sites listed under the
resources heading below.
Automatic Citation Generator for the Chicago Manual of Style – for some reason, this site
includes a comma after the journal title, the issue number, and a colon after the date.
This is incorrect.
c. The Chicago Manual of Style
You may use in-text, endnote style citations.
– At the end of the article, include the citations as if they were endnotes, such
1. John Q. Smith, The Intolerable Life of a Man Named John Q. Smith (New York: Smith
Publishing, 2010), 78.”
2. Ibid., 80; Ima Writer, Andrew Jackson: Redneck Jerk, The Journal of Southern History 45
(Spring 1963), 208-13; Major Irony, “Andrew Jackson’s Face on the Twenty Dollar Federal
Reserve Note,” Journal of Profoundly Stupid Economic Policy 2 (November 2012), 3.
b. Notes must be listed in sequential order as consulted during your research.
Visit Using the Chicago Manual of Style for more information on how to cite sources