class papers

conference projects

Labor Solidarity Has No Borders (1990), mural by Mike Alewitz

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schedule of meetings

guidelines for the prospectus

guidelines for the outline

guidelines for the paper's first draft



During the fall term conferences for this course will meet during B-weeks. Please note that this may not be the case in the spring.

Here's the schedule:

Monday 9/23, 10/7, 10/28, 11/11, 12/2, 12/16

2:30 - Autumn Gerard

3:00 - Xander Stecklow


Tuesday 9/24, 10/8, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3, 12/17

10:00 - Michael McCabe

10:30 - Janet Webster

11:00 - John Denegre, Jr.

11:30 - Jessica McNamara

12:00 - Vickie Nidweski

12:30 - Jahleel Shaheed

5:35 - Nick Thompson

Thursday 9/26, 10/10, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19

9:30 - Sasha Madden

10:00 - Jada Keyser

3:00 - Zoe Winchell

3:30 - Grace Kredell

4:00 - Noelle Iati

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Guidelines for the prospectus and preliminary bibliography, due October 29

- 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 labor historians and/or to the agency that sponsors your internship. 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 What have you done to track down relevant scholarship and historical documents?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 If you will also use unpublished material, describe it briefly and note its location. Format the bibliography according to the conventions outlined in Mary Lynn Rampolla's Pocket Guide to Writing in History.

- Hand in one hard copy of the prospectus and preliminary bibliography and email a copy to the whole seminar, including PM.

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Guidelines for the outline, due December 17

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. Citations should adhere to the formats used by historians; see the templates in Rampolla's Pocket Guide.

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). Please do not simply send a link to a paper on, Dropbox, or some other other cloud service. Instead send the paper as an attachment to an email.

The outline will be returned to you with comments during the winter break.

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Guidelines for the conference paper's first draft, due January 28

Proofread and copyedit your work, and number the pages. Proofread and copyedit your work. To document the paper, follow the rules and templates found in Rampolla's Pocket Guide, on sale at the bookstore and on reserve at the campus library. Incomplete or incorrect documentation renders a paper unacceptable.

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