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On September 3, we'll have 20-minute meetings, starting immediately after class. Times TBA.

Regular weekly conferences will begin on Monday, September 10; schedule TBA.

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Guidelines for the prospectus and preliminary bibliography, due November 1

- State the central question that informs your project, and summarize your preliminary thesis in response to that question. (Rhetorical questions aren't helpful here. Zero in on whatever it is you are actually trying to figure out.)

- Comment on your project's significance to students of the sixties or a closely related topic. What will you add to existing knowledge?

- Identify the form your paper will take: research paper? review essay? annotated bibliography or collection of primary documents? short story? something else?

- Summarize your research plan: What specific topic (event, organization, social policy, etc.) are you studying? What have you done to track down relevant scholarship and historical documents? If you need to consult texts that aren't at the campus library, where are they and how will you get your hands on them? If you need to interview people, what arrangements have you made?

- Outline your timetable for completing various phases of your research. (Be circumspect. It's better to complete a relatively small project than to leave a big one half done.)

- Include a bibliography of published material you plan to use (not every pertinent text you've identified). If you will also use unpublished material, describe it briefly and note its location.

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Guidelines for the outline, due December 20

The outline should organize your paper paragraph by paragraph (as much as that is feasible). Note the main point each paragraph will make and the evidence it will present in support of that contention. Use the outlining process to work through conceptual issues and organizational problems. Don't stint on this part of the project. If you do the job right, outlining your paper may require more time than writing it, and your outline may be almost as long as your first draft.

Document the outline. Note the source(s) of evidence each paragraph will present. Append a bibliography that covers all of your sources, published or archival.

It's essential that the outline be submitted digitally as well as in hard copy, and that the digital outline be in MS Word format (NOT a read-only document). You'll get a response via email during the winter break.

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Guidelines for the conference paper's first draft, due February 4

Proofread and copyedit your work, and number the pages. To document the paper, follow the rules outlined in Mary Lynn Rampolla's Pocket Guide to Writing in History (9th edition), on sale at the bookstore and on reserve at the campus library.  

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