Research papers must have a thesis, draw a conclusion, or otherwise make an argument based on the use of multiple sources of information. They should be no longer than 20 pages, not including the title page, table of contents, reference page, and appendixes. All research papers should have an abstract summarizing their contents. Research papers will be due in advance, and read by a judge(s) before the event. Artisans entering research papers must submit their research paper to the Queen's Champion, Mistress Elysabeth Underhill no later than Jan 21st to allow time for judging. Late papers will not be evaluated.
Entrants submitting research papers will have the chance to talk to a judge who has read your paper at the event. Entrants writing research papers will also be expected bring a copy of the paper to display at the event. If your only entry is a research paper, we encourage you to consider how you might make some of your knowledge accessible to people at the event in a more visual format. Consider, for example, creating a poster that provides highlights about your research. If your research paper is one of several items being displayed, please think about how your paper might be integrated with the rest of your display.
Please note that for the purposes of this competition research papers are fundamentally different from the documentation used to support an item that is entered into a competition. The purpose of a research paper is not to simply provide background about something from history or describe the process of creating an item. Instead, a research paper should "analyze" multiple sources to make an "argument" about something historical, such as an item, person, practice, event, etc. By their nature research papers are more academic than traditional SCA documentation, and those wishing to write a research paper will benefit from making themselves familiar with the conventions for academic writing.
The rubric to be used for judging research papers can be found here.
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