II. Project Elements (back to top)
Your final submission must have the following elements in addition to your book essay text:
(For examples, see the "Index page of student essays," in the menu bar on the 133c course web site.)
- Think of a meaningful title for your essay:
"Descriptive Title in Quotation Marks" "A Superior Textbook for the Post-1945 Period"
by Yourfirstname Yourlastname by Harold Marcuse
- Full author name, title, and (publication information) of the book(s) on which your essay is based.
This should be in the following form (do not put each item on a separate line; I'll do that):
Authorsfirstname Authorslastname, Title: Subtitle in Italics (CityOfPublication: Publisher, yearpublished), number of pages. UCSB call number.
Example: Mary Fulbrook, The Divided Nation: A History of Germany, 1918-1990 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 405 pages. UCSB: DD240.F85 1992.
- An About the author sentence or paragraph, in which you describe: yourself (major, class year, relevant interests), and (as appropriate) why you are interested in and the extent of your knowledge of German/European history (e.g. personal/family connections, previous coursework, travel). You might also say why you chose this particular book or topic.
Example: I am a junior political science major who has been studying the formation of political parties. I traveled through Germany after I graduated from high school, and I hope to intern at the German Bundestag next summer. I chose to write about the Green party because I am interested in environmental issues.
- An abstract of your essay, about 150-200 words, in which you briefly describe what the book is about, and state the author's and/or your main thesis (the main point they/you make).
- An annotated Bibliography and Links section, with a heading, and 3 subsections: Book Reviews (with the full bibliographic information for the reviews you found--including links if available on-line), Books and Articles, and Web Sites. You should list at least two other books or journal articles on your topic, and the 2-5 most relevant links you can find. Note: do not merely take the top google results, but review at least 10 links found using several different search terms. Each link should have an annotation by you--that is, a brief description and assessment of the web page. (See examples from previous years.) [continued, over]
- Web page citation format: Author[if known, or site/institution], "web page title[if available]" (creation/revision date[if known]), <URL>.
For Wikipedia articles (as a case with no author), just use Wikipedia in place of the author's name.
You can put the URL into www.archive.org to get an approximate date.
- For books you should include either a library call no., or amazon or google books link.
- The text of your essay, with the corrections as noted on the hard copy. Please do not use underlining, only bold and italics (underlining is only for links). Subheadings are a great idea--try to find appropriate ones for the sections of your essay. For headings, use a separate, left-justified paragraph in boldface type.
- Include also the honor pledge, followed by your signature:
I certify that this essay is my own work, written for this course and not submitted for credit for any other course. All ideas and quotations that I have taken from other sources are properly credited and attributed to those sources. YOUR SIGNED NAME