A thesis is based on original research done according to the standards of the discipline—standards that you have been learning as you progressed through your coursework. But within the larger field of history, every little subspecialty has its own quirks and tricks of the trade. This is the guidance that you should expect from your thesis director and why it is important that this professor’s expertise be as close as possible to your research topic.
Much of the best advice about research and writing is therefore topic specific. But there is some handy advice that is generally applicable. Here are several good rules to remember: