Mar di India, 1650, Jan Jansson (1588–1664) © National Library of Australia
LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE



Prof. David Campion




MAIN PAGE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINES BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CHECKLIST RESEARCH GUIDE

COURSE REQUIREMENTS


ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

A course in historical research and methodology can be a fascinating exercise, but for this to happen it will require some effort. This means regular and punctual classroom attendance and consistent adherence to the schedule of assigned readings to keep up with the pace of the lectures and discussions. If you must miss a class, you are required to notify the instructor in advance and in writing. Any unexcused absence after the first two will reduce your final course grade by one third of a letter grade. Two late arrivals count as one absence. Being unprepared for class discussion will also count as an unexcused absence. Students are always encouraged to ask questions in class and during office hours, and to go beyond the minimum course requirements as their imagination and intellect lead them. Your active participation is vital to the success of this course.



BIBLIOGRAPHICAL EXERCISE

The purpose of the bibliographical exercise is to familiarize you with the range of bibliographical aids available in the reference section of the library. Note that there are two reference sections: the non-circulating reference section on the main floor and the circulating "Z" section in the stacks. A second purpose of the exercises is for you to learn accepted forms for citations. Each you will do all cards in a particular form.


ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

During the semester each student will conduct an oral history interview and present a written analysis of the historical topic discussed with the interviewee. The oral history project must focus on an event or historical development in which the interviewee was involved or witnessed rather than focusing specifically on the person being interviewed.


FINAL EDITING PROJECT

In the final editing project each student will select, in consultation with the instructor, a primary, historical source and prepare a rigorous annotation and edition of it. The historical work for documentary editing should be non-fiction, historical material—for example, a diary, a series of letters, reminiscences, court or hearings testimony, an autobiography, or a first-person narrative describing an event or an exploration.


Assignments must be submitted on time. Unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is obtained in advance, assignments will be reduced by one third of a letter grade for each day they are late. After five days, an assignment will not be accepted.

The Lewis & Clark College
Policy on Academic Integrity is applicable to all assignments and examinations in this course. Any instances of cheating or plagiarism, however slight, on any assignment or examination will result automatically in a failing grade for the course and referral to the College Honor Board for further disciplinary action.


METHOD OF EVALUATION

Participation (attendance, preparation, bibliographical exercises) (20%)
Short exercises (bibliographical exercises, oral history project) (30%)
Final editing project (50%)

Note: If you have a disability that may impact your academic performance, you may request accommodations by submitting documentation to the Student Support Services Office (x7191) and that office will notify the instructor of the accommodation for which you are eligible.




REQUIRED READINGS
(Available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark Bookstore)

David Cannadine (ed.), What is History Now?
Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage: A Guide
David Kyvig and Myron Marty, Nearby History: Exploring the Past around You, (3rd edition)
Jenny Presnell, The Information-Literate Historian
Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition)



"A New Mapp of the World According to Mr. Edward Wright Commonly called Mercator's Projection," Atlas Maritimus (London: J. Clark, 1683)

Created by campion@lclark.edu
Updated: August 2014