Fall Calendar 2: Proposal/Biblio

mon 18 sep

Meet in Gelman Library 702, Teamsters Reading Room, Special Collections Research Center, Foggy Bottom.

  • Project 2 Assignment Sheet (left menu, Wp): Proposal/Bibliography. (Note:  just read the sheet; don’t try to do the assignment yet!) No other prep.
  • In this Special Collections session, you will meet Leah Richardson, Public Services and Outreach Archivist at GW’s Special Collections Research Center. You will work with historical graphic materials (posters, photographs, engravings, yearbooks, etc.) to get ideas about what kinds of primary source images you might be interested in and how to analyze them. Please do not bring any food or drink to this class session.

wed 20 sep 

Meet in AMES 106, Mount Vernon campus

Library Prep Assignment: Secondary Sources: Scholarly Arguments/Methods (linked under Calendar 2). Note:  secondary sources, not primary.

Note: The library prep research should take 2 hours to complete.  It is worth 2.5% of your course grade.  You must have it in print at the beginning of the session.

Seriously, this will take two hours.  But it will set you up for the rest of the term!

Make sure to bring your list of citations printed and ready for me to collect at the beginning of class.

fri 22 sep

Class visitor!  Each section has a former UW1020 student visiting to discuss their excellent essay from last term’s class. To prepare, print out the appropriate paper (below), read it, mark it as you see fit, and type up questions (also below).

Note: please bring the printed paper if possible. If you need or prefer a tablet/notebook to mark up the text, you may bring that instead.

The two papers are on Blackboard > E-Reserves. You are welcome to read both, but required to read only the one for your section:

  • 10:00 am section: Jack Connoly, “Is Gender Really That Significant?: An Analysis of If and How a Candidate’s Gender Affects the Way He or She Will Advertise”
  • 11:30 am section: Henry Shu, “‘Prescribing Cancer’: Cigarette Advertisements Targeting Physicians as their Audience from the 1930s-1950s”

Sketch credit: Type up six questions below (I’ll ask to see them), and be ready to ask them of our guest:

  • 4 specific questions about the argument (research question, use of scholarship, descriptive analysis of primary sources, articulation of claim, counter-claims, organization, tone, word choice, etc.)
  • 2 specific questions about the research and writing process (origin of ideas, changes in focus, deciding on the claims, drafting, peer responses, revising, reorganizing, final editing, etc.)


mon 25 sep

Meet in Gelman 301. 

  • Complete the Library Research Prep Assignment: Primary Source Images in GW Digital Database, linked under Calendar 2.  Note: this research prep assignment should take up to 2 hours and is worth 2.5% of your grade. You must have  it printed at the beginning of the session.  No exceptions. If you run into any problems completing it, please contact a Reference Libarian in Gelman or Eckles. If absent, you must make up this graded assignment within one week.
  • NOTE: make sure you do the right prep:  primary source images. You’ll start here:https://visualpast.wordpress.com/library-prep-finding-primary-source-images/
  • And it will take you to the list of primary source databases here: https://visualpast.wordpress.com/primary-souces-in-gw-library-databases/
  • Optional: for non-US topics, ask a reference librarian about other primary source databases (newspapers, magazines, photographs, etc., from the time period) that you might explore.

wed 27 sep – 

Re-read assignment sheet.

Everyone brings full draft of Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography. We’ll do peer responses live in class. After class: revise in light of this response.

Optional: if you bring laptops, it might be helpful; you might do some further searching for sources.


fri 29 sep 

Everyone brings fully revised draft of Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography. We’ll do a second round of peer responses live in class.

Optional: if you bring laptops, it might be helpful; you might do some further source searching.

mon 2 oct   – wed 4 oct – fri 6 oct

Individual, with your final version of your proposal/biblio. See Bb > Wiki schedule. Meet in 237 Ames Hall, my office. No class meetings.

mon – tu 9-10 oct

Fall Break!

. . . continued on Calendar 3.