In HIS 427, you will be writing intellectual biographies about historians and analyzing and summarizing the work of these historians.
DUE DATE : October 20
LENGTH: 300-500 words, typed, double-spaced
OBJECTIVE: To write an intellectual biography of your assigned historian.
GUIDELINES: To communicate the essence of your historian’s worldview. This should include a listing of his or her most important writings, educational background, approach to history, ideology, and his status in the field. Included in this summary should be a short summary and analysis of the specific assigned book you’ve been given by this author. Students will receive more guidance on September 15, when we have a library research session devoted to this format.
The paper must meet the following criteria:
1) You must use sufficient EVIDENCE in the form of specific examples from your readings to make your case.
2) You must cite your research consistently and properly. You must attribute any information that does not come directly from your own individual analysis/opinions. Your citation format should follow the Chicago Style.
3) You must follow the rules of good grammar and syntax. Write in clear and cogent prose. Proofread for spelling and other errors. Avoid first person, passive voice, and inconsistent tense usage. Organize each paragraph around a central theme. Provide a conclusion in which you summarize and restate your argument.
4) You must write your paper with cognizance of the NCWC guidelines on “plagiarism and cheating” in the college catalog. Whether it is accidental or intentional, plagiarism is considered a cardinal sin in college. At a minimum, plagiarized papers will receive a grade of “F.” Beyond this, plagiarism can result in failing the course or even suspension from the college. If you have any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, see the professor and/or the writing center staff.