Project #10288 - Thesis Statement and Annotated Bibliography

Thesis Statement and Annotated Bibliography (20%)

The purpose of this initial stage of the course assignment is to put into practice what we have been reading and discussing together through the Getting Started Conference segments, namely Periodization, the historical method and the critical evaluation of sources.  Over all the years I have taught History courses, I have been frustrated by final research papers that do not demonstrate a real understanding of the historical method, and which have been done with sources that have received a cursory, not critical analysis.  I imagine that students are also frustrated by sources that don't provide sufficient or meaningful material for research essays. By the end of Week 3, you will have officially completed Shaffer, the Strayer excerpt and most of the Burke chapters.  It is essential, however, that you have looked through all of Burke to are able to have the broadest possible choice of research topics.

The most valuable aspect of the assignment, however, is to realize that research should challenge your original thesis assumptions.  If you knew everything about your topic before you began to do research, why would you begin to research the topic? 

Therefore, you will produce a thesis paragraph that states the following:

(1)Why this topic interests you, and

(2) How the topic fits into the course chronologically, either from the time periods covered in the assigned readings, or how a modern topic is connected historically to an earlier technology / technological transformation.

Using the UMUC databases, you will then select 6  new sources. None of the sources can include Burke, Shaffer or Strayer, we assume that we are all familiar with these assigned sources.  You should, however, search the citations from each of our three assigned readings - you may well find some interesting and relevant sources there. Do not include any blogs as sources unless they have .edu URL. Check with SOS sooner rather than later if you are unsure of the quality of your 6 new sources. At least one of your new 6 sources must be a scholarly secondary source article (like Shaffer'sSouthernization). 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/04/2013 04:00 pm
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