Here is an excerpt from the description of the Park History Paper. This is only an excerpt; please read the full document for the complete requirements of the assignment.
Students will begin by selecting a park or attraction of their choosing to explore. Students should consider using an attraction referenced in their Pastime Paper, an attraction from their hometown, or favorite vacation destination. The class will also spend time brainstorming topics as a group.
Students will then write a 4-6 page informative paper discussing their attraction’s history, noteworthy elements or experiences, and significance in the industry. Students should utilize at least 3-4 primary sources in addition to popular or personal communication sources in order to enhance their paper. Students will adhere to APA guidelines for formatting and references.
Follow these steps to complete your project:
Here are the different types of sources that you'll use in your research. You need both of these!
|Written for the average person to read||Written by scholars, for scholars to read|
Note: You won’t find scholarly sources about specific attractions, except for very famous attractions such as Disney World. Instead, look for scholarly sources about types of attractions such as amusement parks or museums or beaches or theaters. This gives you information about the broader context.
For the Park History Paper, popular and scholarly sources will serve different purposes.
Caution: You might see some analysis in popular sources, but take it with a grain of salt! Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but an analysis written by a random person isn't as valuable as an analysis written by an expert.
You can also search each database one-at-a-time, which helps you focus on particular subjects. (For example, if you're trying to find articles about the business of amusement parks, you could use our Business databases.)
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