Those who created history must have never thought about the difficulties the students in future will face writing History term papers. All the important personalities who did good or bad deeds are part of history and do contribute to the pages of history. So, the history books become voluminous year after year, in keeping with the legacy of the people who make history.
So far as the truths and issues related to history go smoothly, the students of history do not face any problems. But one small crux and the students have to go through volumes of literature regarding that event or incident to come to a conclusion. Because once the difference of opinion begins, no historian will give up his position. He will fight the issue as if he is going to fight for his life. He will tender evidence, his strong opinion for the stated position. The other historian is also very firm about his conviction and he too tenders evidence that is suitable for his proposition. Volumes and volumes are written on the date of birth issue of a King, when historians fail to agree on a common date. How they are able to gather all sorts of evidence for their contention is a source of mystery in history. Except say that I was resent at the time when the King was born, they offer you convincing proof, making the life of the student who is going to write the History term paper relating to the King, more difficult. The raging controversies sometimes make us wonder whether the particular king was born at all!
You need to be very careful about the selection of the topic of your history term paper. Mind you, if you decide to write on the controversial and unresolved issues, it is like walking in a dark cave, not chartered by anyone. Pickup a topic about which it is easy to find the related monographs and journal articles. To search the old references and books is also a special skill. If you get an intelligent librarian, who looks like the part of history himself, your job will be rendered easier. Such librarians have met many scholars like you in the past. They are able to make out your problems, and give you valuable suggestions, so that your efforts do not go vain.
If the selected topic for your historical term paper is about a historical site, a personal visit to the site may provide you with solutions relating to the untold story. Some ancient looking guides will give you valuable information. But be sure, that you crosscheck the information provided by them. Such guides are very emotional and play the mind game. At times, your old convictions are demolished by them in a minute. For example, I always thought that Tajmahal was a great architectural wonder, apart from the mute witness for the great love of Mogul King Shahjahan had for his beauty Queen Mumtaj. But when then site-guide told us that he had six hundred wives and showed us their residential quarters and the special swimming pool, the love aspect of the story blew off!.
Finally, work through the arguments with a scientific approach as for your History term paper. Stick to the stated opinions, unless you are asked to give your own opinion about a particular issue.