October 29: Evaluating Sources and Writing a Proposal

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In this session we will discuss how to evaluate sources and figure out which are most valuable for our project. We will also discuss what constitutes an academic argument and how to write a proposal outlining an area of investigation.


Assignment (due November 5) 

Write a proposal of approximately 2 pages in length that outlines the topic on which you will work for the remainder of the semester. Your proposal should set up a problem for investigation and convince your audience that they ought to pay attention to this problem. In the first paragraph, you should set up the problem. The remainder of the proposal should introduce your sources and posit a solution to the problem. What questions will you pose in your investigation? What will you investigate? Why have you chosen these sources to investigate? What answers do you anticipate? Why does your investigation matter?

E-mail Todd your proposal before class.