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HIST 461R/LACS 461W/REL 461W Conquest & Conversion in Latin America

This guide is designed to help the students Dr. Yannakakis's Spring 2024 writing seminar with the research for their final paper


Welcome to the Conquest & Conversion in Latin America Library Research Guide. Here you will find links to sources that will help you with writing your final paper.


Final Draft of Research paper.  A major objective of this course is to write a high quality, well-researched, and well-written 20-page professional research paper.  The precise topic is up to you, but it must somehow relate to the theme of the course: “Conquest and Conversion in Latin America.” Each student will present her/his research during one of the last two weeks of class.  In addition, students will exchange drafts of the paper for peer review.  The final draft of your paper is due during finals week.  A general guideline for the paper structure would be the following:

I. Introduction (2 pages)

II. Historical Context/Analysis of Relevant Literature (5 pages)

III. Analysis of Primary Source Material (10 pages)   

IV. Conclusion (3 pages)   


Grading of Final Project

Intermediate written assignments: 15% [1. Prospectus and draft bibliography (5%), 2. historical context and analysis of relevant literature (5%), and 3. detailed paper outline (5%)]

Research Presentation: 10%

Rough Draft and Peer Review: 10% (5 points for each)

Final Paper: 25%