UCSB Hist 133P, Spring
Proseminar on German
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Course description (jump down to schedule)
The History Department has the following definition in the UCSB general
Thus a proseminar offers students the opportunity to actually do what
historians do: conduct original research and present their results orally
and in writing. This course is designed to help you through this process,
beginning with the selection of an appropriate topic of interest within
the broader theme of the course, and then with formulating questions about
that topic. After that we turn to research methods: how to find secondary
and primary materials, and how to analyze, interpret and organize our
findings. Finally, the seminar provides a forum for the oral and written
presentation of the results.
Grading: roughly half of your final grade will be based on the final paper. Roughly 25% each are based on classroom participation and timely submission of the various assignments.
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
(Boston: Bedford, 2004), $14.20.
Plagiarism—presenting someone else's work as your own, or deliberately failing to credit or attribute the work of others on whom you draw (including materials found on the web)—is a serious academic offense, punishable by dismissal from the university. It hurts the one who commits it most of all, by cheating them out of an education. I will report offenses to the appropriate university authorities for disciplinary action.
Schedule of Class Meetings(back to top)
| Mar. 31
| Introduction: finding topics
| For Friday: Read Pocket Guide, chapters
1 & 4 (3rd ed. 1 & 3).
Make a list of at least 3 research topics that would interest you. Give a one paragraph elaboration of each, including questions you would investigate. You will present some of these topics in class.
| Apr. 7
| Preparing a prospectus
(class in HSSB 4020)
Make a list of keywords or
keyword combinations. Search each of Pegasus, Melvyl, Extended Academic,
| Apr. 14
| Index card systems
(index card handout)
Excerpting from books;
| For the research topic that interests you
most, prepare a 2 page prospectus including a title, a statement
of main questions and hypotheses, and a bibliography of
at least 10 primary sources, books and articles. Use proper citation formats
(Guide 68-82). Bring one of your books to class!
For one of the most relevant books or articles you have found, make a set of index cards. These should include 1) one primary bibliography card, 2) at least three secondary bibliography cards, and 3) at least 7 keyword cards.
Bring the book (or article) you used to class.
| Apr. 21
| Index cards and note taking
Working with primary sources
| Discussion of note taking and index cards,
proper citation format. Practice constructing sample outlines
Rampolla, chapters 2, 7
| Outlines revisited
| Annotated bibliographies
Thesis statements revisited
| 5 pages (including introduction) due
Come to class prepared to discuss difficulties you encountered and problems you are having. (Success stories are also welcome!)
Quoting and footnoting
| 10 more pages due
| Peer reviewing
writing a thesis paper
Complete draft of paper due; exchange for peer reviewing
| Oral presentations
| Draft thesis papers due.
(for those using powerpoint; meet in HSSB 4020)
| June 2
|| Oral presentations
|June 7||Monday, 11am:||absolute final deadline: papers due in professor’s office|