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OBJECTIVE: The student will produce an original research essay on an aspect of c

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OBJECTIVE: The student will produce an original research essay on an aspect of civil rights (roughly 1954 – 1968) and/or black power (roughly 1965 -1975) history that s/he wishes. Topics must be approved by the professor. You want your writing to be genuinely historical in nature. A wide variety of subjects can be researched through a historical lens. You want to set your essay in the proper time, space, and place. You further want your research to add to the body of knowledge—meaning that you do not want to simply rehash what others have written but come up with a unique point of view/argument which augments current scholarship.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENT: A research paper of 7-9 double-spaced (12 pt. font–Calibri, Times Roman, Arial, or similar professional font) pages is required. All information must be cited in the form of endnotes or footnotes. Papers should be uploaded through the corresponding Blackboard/ SAFEASSIGN® link. SAFEASSIGN® is a plagiarism software tool; papers will be assessed for their authenticity. The papers will not be returned; the student will receive a completed rubric with a graded value and evaluation.
STYLE MANUAL (ON RESERVE AT THE LIBRARY IN BOOK FORM AND AVAILABLE IN LINK THROUGH BLACKBOARD):
Please refer to Mary Lynn Rampolla’s A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2018) and/or Kate L. Turabian’s A Manuel for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7/8th edition (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007/2013) for clarification on the proper citation form. For additional historical writing tips, visit www.bu.edu/history/files/2011/01/writing_guide.pdf.
MINIMUM SOURCES: 3 primary sources; 4 books; 5 journal articles. Internet sources/sites typically are not acceptable sources for this project unless specifically noted by the professor for inclusion. The student may use electronic resources available at the library (e.g.: online journals, etc.). Acceptable sources include, but are not limited to:
• NEWSPAPERS
• CENSUS RECORDS
• MAPS
• CHURCH RECORDS
• MAGAZINE & JOURNAL ARTICLES
• GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
• ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS
• BOOKS
TYPING GUIDELINES: The final paper must be typed. Handwritten papers will not be accepted.
• The paper should include a “Title” page which contains the title of the paper, your
name, student id number, date, course name and number, and the professor’s name.
The “Title” page is not counted as one of the text pages.
• All margins are 1″ left and right, top and bottom.
• Page numbers should be included. Do not number the first page, but number all
successive pages.
• The paper should be double spaced and be from 7-9 pages in length. Please use either
Calibri, Times Roman, Arial or similar professional font (12 pt. is required).
• Tab (indent five spaces) at the beginning of each paragraph.
• Press the space bar twice after each period and once after each comma (old school
method before computers and word processing software, but I still do it).
• Include a “Bibliography” page. Entries should be in alphabetical order. The first line of
each entry begins at the left margin. Indent successive lines of the same entry five spaces. Entries are single spaced. Double space between entries. The “Bibliography” page is not counted as one of the text pages.
• Photographs and small charts and graphs may be included with the text (but not counted as part of the text length), but other materials such as documents, large charts and graphs, transcripts and/or tape logs, etc. should be attached as appendices.
• Do not forget to SPELL CHECK and/or GRAMMAR CHECK.
• Do not plagiarize! Attribute all quotes, ideas, and thoughts to the appropriate source
through notes (footnotes/endnotes).
• Projects will be graded for content, clarity of presentation, variety and strength of
sources, and organization (see rubric for clarification). Grading and comments will be
returned via the rubric(s). Grammar and spelling will be noted.
• Look at the research paper tools provided for the course on Blackboard for assistance.
• The paper will be required to be uploaded in Blackboard through the corresponding
link. SAFEASSIGNMENT® is a plagiarism software program.

 

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