1. Choose a Topic: Select a topic that interests you and that you can research thoroughly. Also, make sure your topic is specific enough so that you can develop an argument or thesis.
2. Do Research: Gather resources from both primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are original documents such as letters, diaries, or newspaper articles. Secondary sources are interpretations and evaluations of primary sources such as books or articles.
3. Develop a Thesis: Create a thesis statement that summarizes your argument. Make sure your thesis is clear and concise.
4. Create an Outline: Outlines help you organize your thoughts and keep your paper on track.
5. Write the Paper: Begin by introducing your topic and providing some background information. Then, present your argument in the body of the paper. Make sure to support your argument with evidence from your research. Finally, conclude your paper with a summary of your argument.
6. Edit and Revise: Check for any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors. Make sure your paper is cohesive and flows well.
7. Cite Sources: Cite all sources used in your paper using the appropriate style guide.