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Schedule of Meetings:
Conferences for this seminar will meet Tuesday and Fridays on the following dates:
September 18 and 21
September 25 and 28
October 9 and 12
October 30 and November 2
November 13 and 16
December 4 and 7
Optional meetings may be arranged for December 11 and 14.
Meeting times TBA.
Please note that this schedule does not follow the A-week/B-week pattern.
First-year graduate students who take this course for full credit must produce full-fledged research papers, based on interpretation of historical documents. Others who take the course for full credit are welcome to opt for alternatives such as historiographical essays, annotated bibliographies, or annotated collections of primary documents. Off-campus internships are also an option if they lead to projects that involve substantial reading and writing. Graduate students who take the course as an elective need not undertake conference work. See below the guidelines for the prospectus, outline, and first draft.
Prospectus and preliminary bibliography (due November 6)
- 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 historians of revolutionary women and/or to the agency that sponsors your internship. What will you add to existing knowledge?
- 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 What have you done to track down relevant scholarship and historical documents?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). The bibliography should distinguish between primary and secondary sources. If you will also use unpublished material, describe it briefly and note its location.
Outline (due December 18)
The outline should organize your paper, paragraph by paragraph. Note the main argument each paragraph will make and the evidence it will present in support of that argument. 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, you may spend as much time outlining your first draft as you do writing it, and the outline may be almost as long as the paper.
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.
The outline's digital copy must be in MS Word format to facilitate comments via Track Changes.
The outline will be returned to you with comments during the winter break.
First draft (due January 29)
Proofread and copy-edit your work.
To document the paper, follow the rules and templates provided by Mary Lynn
Rampolla's Pocket Guide to Writing in History (9th edition), on sale
at the bookstore and on reserve at the campus library. Incomplete or incorrect
documentation renders a paper unacceptable.
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