Welcome to the Research Exercise Page
As part of your ongoing academic training you are asked to complete this research paper exercise
for the course you are currently enrolled in. The focus of this exercise will on women’s history in
Mexico. The purpose of this exercise is to introduce you the research process and research paper
construction. Before you begin, please preview the following eLearning module:
Your research paper project exercise begins with selecting one of the following topics below on
Women’s history in Mexico. Notice that each topic has listed underneath it a series of scholarly
articles. Choose one of these article as it, along with
Guillermo Bonfil Batalla’s Mexico Profundo
and Julian Tuñono Plabos’s
Women in Mexico
, will serve as your foundations for the topic you
have selected. Along with these three sources you will also need to locate in the Schauerman
Library an additional scholarly monograph and an additional scholarly article. Once you complete
this part of the assignment, your research paper will have a total of five sources - three provided in
the course and two you have identified and secured at the Eli Luria Library.
Your paper will include the following:
A cover page |
The paper’s title on the first content page |
Three pages (excluding cover page) using 1 inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman
font. Pages must have numbers.
Footnotes using Turabian style |
how to insert a footnote
Conventions to Follow when Writing History
The following conventions were taken from Harvard’s
A Brief Guide to Writing the History Paper.
Write in the past tense.
Some students have been taught to enliven their prose by writing in
the “literary present” tense. Such prose, while acceptable in other disciplines, represents
poor historical thinking. Since all historical events (including the composition of primary
and secondary sources) took place at some point in the past, write about them in the past
Avoid vague generalizations.
Historians value specificity, not equivocal phrases like “once
upon a time” or “people always say that….”
Avoid presentism or anachronisms.
Resist the temptation to relate all historical arguments
or concerns back to the present. Rather, investigate the past on its own terms. Take care not
to jumble the chronological order of events.
Paraphrase if you can, quote if you must.
Many students rely on quotations as a crutch,
missing an opportunity to develop their skills of historical analysis. Instead, quote sparingly.
When you do quote, introduce the source and context of every remark for the benefit of an
Write in a formal, academic voice.
Avoid using the first or second person (e.g., “I” and
“you”), and shy away from passive sentence constructions. Phrases such as “I think” or “in
my opinion” are redundant in expository writing.
Proofread, proofread, proofread.
Your readers will thank you.
Women in Precolumbian Mexico
The Woman's Room: Some Aspects of Gender Relations in Tenochtitlan in the Late Pre-
Three Nahuatl Hymns on the Mother Archetype: An Interpretive Commentary
The Aztecs and the Ideology of Male Dominance
"What in the World Have You Done to Me, My Lover?" Sex, Servitude, and Politics among
the Pre-Conquest Nahuas as Seen in the Cantares Mexicanos
Women in Colonial Mexico
From Calpixqui to Corregidor: Appropriation of Women's Cotton Textile Production inEarly
Moctezuma's Daughter: The Role of La Malinche in Mesoamerican Dance
Power, Class, and Family: Men and Women in the Mexican Elite, 1750-1810
The Devil, Women, and the Body in Seventeenth-Century Puebla Convents
A Glimpse of Family Life in Colonial Mexico: A Nun's Account
Sex and Sin, Witchcraft and the Devil in Late-Colonial Mexico
Marriage Promises and the Value of a Woman's Testimony in Colonial Mexico
Women in 19th Century Mexico
Native Female Land Tenure and Its Decline in Mexico, 1750-1900
Women and the Spanish-American Wars of Independence: An Overview
Monopoly Capitalism and Women's Work during the Porfiriato
All the Presidents Women: The Wives of General Antonio López de Santa Anna in
Women in 20th Century Mexico
"La Eva Mexicana": Feminism in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Theatre
Remembrance of an Open Wound: Frida Kahlo and Post-revolutionary Mexican Identity
Women and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920
Cooking Modernity: Nutrition Policies, Class, and Gender in 1940s and 1950s Mexico City
Mexican Union Women and the Social Construction of Women's Labor Rights
Ambiguities and Ambivalences in Making the Nation: Women and Politics in 20th-Century
Aztec Imagery in Frida Kahlo's Paintings: Indigenity and Political Commitment
Jason R. Suárez | Instructor of History
El Camino College | 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance CA 90506 | (310) 532-3670
History Writing Guides