The basics for the paper:
"Valid" sources of information for the purposes of this paper are scholarly academic peer reviewed types of resources.
Of particular note:
The textbook can be used as a source of information, but will not count as one of the 4 sources required. Consider using the textbook for the brief overview and seeing what kind of additional resources might exist that the textbook author used in his work.
Suggestions for topics:
Actual topics selected for final research paper:
1. The economic, political and social effects of the social stratification in the New World
2. Political and economic reasons why Puerto Rico and Cuba stayed as colonies of Spain after the wars of independence
3. Comparison between slavery in the United States and the Spanish colonies.
4. The role of religion in the colonization of the United States and the Spanish colonies.
5. Comparison between the political regime of the Incas and the Aztecs
6. Mythological origin of the Incas
7. How pigmentocracia was established and regulated in the New World?
8. Bartolome de Las Casas and the concept of human rights
9. Machismo in the colonial times
10. Comparison between the conquest of Mexico and North America
Regardless of where you are getting your information, you need to be aware of a few simple attributes about whatever information you are using.
When evaluating information, here are five helpful considerations:
Currency: timeliness of the information.
Relevance: importance of the information for your need.
Authority: source of the information.
Accuracy: reliability, truthfulness, correctness.
Purpose: reason that the information exists.
MLA handbook, Eighth edition, The Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
Contains guidelines for doing research, giving citations, and preparing bibliographies.
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