February 26, 2022
Texas State University, San Marcos
Celebrating 40 Years!!!

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Research Paper Critique Sheet

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Research Paper Critique Sheet

Research Paper Rules

Entry Limit:  1 research paper per school, with 1-2 authors

Length Limits:  minimum 700 words, maximum 1000 words, not including title page and Works Cited

Write a research paper in English on an interesting German-Texan cultural and/or historical topic.  The topic should not be commonly known:  a particular person, family, place, building, business, area, group, settlement, organization, church, tradition, activity, practice, etc.  The paper should contribute to a greater understanding of German-Texan history and/or culture.  The entry must be typed and double-spaced and have internal documentation with proper in-text citation and a Works Cited page, as per MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines.  Follow the rules in the latest MLA Style Sheet, paying special attention to rules for entering Internet sources.  Use at least three sources, at least two of which must be non-Internet.  Digitally-archived sources originally published in hard copy may be counted as non-Internet sources.  Sources should include primary sources and secondary sources.  Primary sources are evidence in the form of artifacts, photos, letters, interviews, music, charts, illustrations, etc. with a direct connection to the era being studied.  They may be personally documented by the contestant(s) (photos taken, interviews recorded) or found in personal collections, archives, libraries, museums, etc.   Secondary sources are documents that discuss or analyze primary sources and topics – primarily other academic work.

The contestant’s teacher must e-mail a copy of the paper, including the Works Cited, in a Microsoft Word-compatible format to the regional director by 11:59 p.m. on the Tuesday before the regional contest.  All entries will be checked for plagiarism via turnitin.com or a similar service.  On the day of contest, submit the following in a sealed 9 x 12 envelope to the designated room by 9:00 a.m.:  (1) a hard copy of the paper and Works Cited with a title page including the name(s) of the contestant(s), the name of the teacher, the school and city, and the title of the paper; (2) a USB drive (labeled with name) that contains only the paper itself, the Works Cited, any visual material, and any digital recordings used as primary sources.  All materials submitted will be returned on the afternoon of contest, but do not include irreplaceable items in your submission.

Help with MLA Style:

Purdue University MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Note:  The judges will have an actual copy of the new edition of the MLA Handbook (8th edition, 2016).  If you use online “cheat sheets” that claim to summarize MLA rules, such as the one linked above, rather than referring to the actual MLA Handbook, you do so at your own risk.  Make sure that any website you are using is based on the new 8th edition from 2016.


Feb. 17, 2021
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student.

Feb. 17, 2021
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due

Feb. 22, 2021:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

Important Dates

Feb. 27, 2021
Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos

Mar. 12, 2021
Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

April 30, 2021
Spring Teacher Grant applications due

February 26, 2022
40th Anniversary - Texas State German Contest 2022

Contact Us

Texas State German Contest Director
Jennifer Christianson jgchristianson@gvtc.com

Sprachfest/TSGC Mailing Address
Texas State German Contests, Inc.
PO Box 2043
Boerne, TX 78006

Onsite Directors
Kayla Hill & Dr. Ewa Siwak
Dept. of Modern Languages
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666