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International Affairs

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Human Trafficking Research Paper Guidelines

In this course, students will conduct a research project consisting of a 7 to 10-page paper on a particular aspect of human trafficking and a 5 to 10-minute in-class presentation summarizing the findings.

  • Papers should be 7 to 10 pages excluding bibliography or works cited page and cover page.
  • Students will be expected to use a minimum of 6 sources, of which 2 should be scholarly research articles. Students are also expected to consult at least 2 primary sources (such as the State Department’s TIP Report, a judicial decision, or legislation) in their research as well.
  • Papers should focus on a particular aspect of human trafficking within a country.
  • All papers should discuss:
    1. The scope of the problem and statistics within the country.
    2. The chosen aspect of human trafficking (ex: sex trafficking, child labor, organized crime, domestic labor, agriculture, trafficking in wartime, trafficking of refugees, trafficking for marriage, etc.)
    3. Responses to the problem within that country (including major legislation, legal prosecution rates, law enforcement responses, etc.)
    4. Prospects for the future and eradicating human trafficking.
  • Please use font 12, 1-inch margins, double spaced.
  • Papers must adequately cite information to sources used. You may choose between APSA, MLA, or Chicago citations styles, but be consistent and include a works cited or bibliography page.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the Tutoring and Writing Center in drafting papers (
  • Susan Montgomery is a dedicated research librarian and can be reached at Olin 241 or for help with research.
  • You must include the Academic Honor Code in all work turned in for credit.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are documents, images or artifacts that provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an historical topic under research investigation. Primary sources are original documents created or experienced contemporaneously with the event being researched. Primary sources enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.

Primary sources can include:

  • Memoirs or speeches
  • Statements or reports released by a political party, agency, nonprofit, or association 
  • Official documents such as congressional hearings and reports
  • Magazine and newspaper articles
  • Court documents 
  • Legislation or treaties 


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