Picking a topic is perhaps the most important step in writing a research paper. To do it well requires several steps of refinement. The next step is to narrow your topic. Are you interested in comparison? Once you reach this stage try to formulate your research topic as a question.
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If you are a keen local history researcher then the next step is writing a local history. As a local historian you have the opportunity to create a picture of what a village, town or region was like in the past by telling the stories of the people who lived and worked there so here are some tips on how to get started. There are numerous aspects you can focus on in your research and writing. For example, you could focus on individual families or the wider community.
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When Jean Stein and George Plimpton began compiling their book American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy, using the oral history format, little did they realize that they were inventing a revolutionary new literary genre that, ten years later, would land them on the best-seller list. Somewhat less common is the use of interview transcripts as a literary form, in which the raw transcripts are edited, arranged, and allowed to stand for themselves, without the intervention by the historian. Stein and Plimpton chose their subject well.
For this assignment you are to conduct an interview on any event or time period in contemporary history. You can choose anyone you want — a family member, friend, coworker, etc. When you conduct the interview, use the following seven questions. You must also come up with eight additional questions that reflect your knowledge and understanding of contemporary history making the total number of questions 15, minimum. What event or time in history did you experience?