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History 2100 Professor Schafer Research Proposal Description Your main assignment for History 2100 will take the form of a research proposal or prospectus (4-5 pages typed, double-spaced, proofread, plus 1-page-minimum bibliography). You are expected to work on this assignment throughout the semester. It will be due the last day of class. What is a research proposal or prospectus ? You should think of a proposal as: 1) a plan of action or project design for answering a specific question about the past; 2) a vision of a conversation among historians about interpreting the past within which you hope to make a contribution; 3) a statement arguing for the originality and significance of the project you propose to undertake.. The proposal is not a term paper or a research paper . You may find that you have done enough research to write such an essay. To write the proposal, you must step back from telling a story about the past. Instead, the proposal tells a story about the future, that is, the story of how you would set about posing and answering an historical question requiring research in original sources. You may use the first person voice to write your proposal. Your proposal should not have extensive footnotes. Your bibliography will do most of the citation work for you . Historians at all levels of professional development must write proposals as part of their efforts to win funding for their research and writing. Imagine, then, that you need to persuade a panel of people who are not necessarily experts in your area of interest why your project deserves support. Writing a research proposal requires extensive preliminary research but does not require you to read everything you think may be of relevance. Consider the preliminary research as a kind of surveying project : you need to define the contours and depths of relevant writing by other historians along with the contours and depths of the body of primary sources you intend to place at the heart of your proposal. A substantial bibliography will demonstrate the depth of your surveying project at the end of the term.
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