Historiography and Historical Methods
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This introductory historiography course entails several types of assignments. The first is to choose a research question and research topic and then put together a preliminary bibliography. After completing a preliminary topic and bibliography, the student has a conference with the professor. There are regular précis (“very concise summary”) assignments on the required course textbooks in which students summarize the reading and identify important elements (such as the thesis). There is also a “primary source locator assignment” and research proposal in preparation for the final paper. The historiographical final paper is to be argumentative, with a minimum length of 5 pages.