November 23, 2017

Proposal Assignment & Project Outlines

RESEARCH PROPOSAL PLUS ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY,  PUBLISHED IN YOUR BLOG  – DUE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS

Your research proposal should be the equivalent of a two-to-three page discussion of the major topics your group’s project blog site and documentary short will cover. It should mention your artifact’s antecedents, invention, possible alternatives, and its interaction with American society and culture. It should also describe the basic structure for your project blog and for your documentary. Mention what tools you’ll be using to create the documentary.  Finally, your group should indicate why it chose this particular technology to study.

Your bibliography should include both primary and secondary sources. You should have at least 10 sources, of which at least five must be peer-reviewed scholarly sources (generally books or scholarly journals).  It should be clear that your group has done some serious scouting of material for your project and that the group will have enough to write the research-based content.   Each source must have a 1-2 sentence annotation, explaining its relevance to the project.

Bibliographic citations should be done using the standardized format for historians. Use the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style or the 7th edition of Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers. See here for access to the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (On-campus or Off-campus).

If you have any questions please contact me before the proposal is due.

 

PROJECT OUTLINES DUE BY THE BEGINNING OF CLASS, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, POSTED TO YOUR PROJECT BLOG.  

This could be two separate posts on your blog, covering the plan for the following.

  • For the research site: skeleton outline (what pages will be used, what material on what page), list of media (images, videos, etc.), and a key (iconic) image of the technology being studied (with citation for that image). [The iconic image will be used on the course website as the entry to your group’s project.
  • For the documentary short: storyboards/detailed outline of what will go in the documentary and progress toward that end.

In separate form (ask Dr. McClurken) submit your mid-semester group evaluation by March 14 as well.

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