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Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in U.S. History
Welcome to the online companion of your library instruction class for ASHI 442. This guide is for your use both in our research session today and through the remainder of this semester. If you have any questions after our in-person class, please feel free to call, email, or set up an appointment using Ask a Librarian.
Students will produce a 12-15-page (typed, double-spaced), research paper; it is worth 30% of your grade. The paper will be on a topic related to the themes explored in the class meetings. You may choose to explore this topic through the investigation of primary sources (e.g. contemporary newspapers, magazines, letters, and diaries) and through a critical assessment of the existing secondary historical literature (e.g. the interpretation of other historians). The topic must have a historical component, and is subject to the consent of the instructor.
There are three key steps to complete this assignment. First, an approved paper topic must be chosen by August 1. Please make an appointment to meet with me over the next two weeks to discuss your ideas, before moving on to Step 2, the prospectus and annotated bibliography. Second, a 2-3-page paper prospectus, plus annotated bibliography, is due in class on the last seminar meeting (August 8); earlier submissions are encouraged. This will be returned to you with comments as soon as I can. Third, the paper is due four weeks after the last class meeting. Thus, a final paper is due to me on Monday August 27, at 5 p.m. Your grade measures both the extent of your research and your ability to use critically the concepts discussed in seminar. Remember that the various steps in this project will be graded and combined to reach the 30% paper grade.