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UCSB Hist 217C, Spring-Fall 2007
Research Seminar in Public History
Th. 9-11, HSSB 2202

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Research Seminar in Public History, 2nd quarter
Course Syllabus
(1st quarter syllabus)

Introduction (jump down to schedule of meetings)

The second quarter of this two-quarter graduate research seminar is devoted to working with the source material that was collected over the summer, and writing an article-length paper based on it. Emphasis is placed on source interpretation, writing, editing and presentation. A research seminar paper should be conceived so that it can become a published article or a chapter in a Ph.D. thesis.

Recommended Books (back to top)

  • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Boston: Bedford, 5th ed. 2006), $16. Short and sweet--if you don't have time for long guides, this is the one for you.
  • Kate Turabian, Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb, and Joseph Williams, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago, 2007), 436 pages, $17. The "Chicago Manual" for historians.
  • Jacques Barzun and Henry Graff, The Modern Researcher (Harcourt, Brace, 5th ed. 1985; 6th 2003), $25. For questions of research procedure, methodology and organization.
  • Wayne Booth, Joseph Williams, Gregory Colomb, The Craft of Research (Chicago: Univ. Chicago, 1995, 2003), 336 pages, $10.
  • William Strunk, E.B. White and Maira Kalman, The Elements of Style, Illustrated Edition (Penguin, 2005), 176 pages, $25/17
  • Joseph Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (Univ. of Chicago, 1990), $10. Beyond "Strunk & White;" writing clearly and "elegantly."

Schedule of Weekly Meetings (back to top)


27 Sept.

Administrative meeting;
progress reports


4 Oct.

Detailed progress reports


11 Oct.

Discussion of presenting at conferences (GSA last week);
discussion of Williams preface, ch. 1 & 2;
What is a thesis paper?


18 Oct.

1st installment due (thesis paper+10pp);
discussion of Williams ch. 3 & 4; presentations


25 Oct.

discussion of Williams ch. 5 & 6;
presentation of sample articles;
individual consultations about 1st installment


1 Nov.

2nd installment due (+10pp)--to prof. and peer editor;
distribution of sample articles;
Williams chaps. 7 & 8


8 Nov.

Williams chaps. 9 &10;
discussion of sample articles;
feedback from peer editors


15 Nov.

3rd installment due (+10pp); exchange for peer critiques;
presenting your work orally (Wineburg reading)


29 Nov.

First set of oral presentations; discuss Barzun ch. 14 & 15


6 Dec.

Second set of oral presentations


10 Dec.

(Monday) final draft due

students: Abraham, Joe, Julia, Stacy, Tara

syllabus prepared for web by H. Marcuse on Sept. 18, 2008, updated: x
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