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Final Essays

The final essay is due by noon on August 5. Please submit your paper to Blackboard in the Assignments section and post your file in the Final Essay thread on Blackboard.

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Schedule Update: June 30 and July 1

Based on our conversation in class I have decided to modify the course schedule for June 30 and July 1. On June 30 we will discussion writing introductions. Please prepare for class by reading my blog post The Hook and … Continue reading

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The Hook

Novelists often put a great deal of thought into their first sentences. They hope to strike a tone, set a mood, and immediately engage the reader. Consider a few examples from the American Book Review’s top ten all-time best first … Continue reading

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Sample Research Prospectus

  It is often helpful to see examples of others’ writing to help you think about your own. Here’s a sample research prospectus (below) from one of my former students. This is for example purposes only. The student did a … Continue reading

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Historiography Workshop

Tomorrow we will have a historiography workshop in class. You should bring three to five secondary sources that you will discuss. Be sure to bring a mix of sources. A majority should be books. Roles In class you will perform … Continue reading

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Tips for Success

Thinking about seminar as a triathlon is helpful in conveying the amount of work that is in front of you and the fact that you may very well be exhausted by the end of the course. You shouldn’t be intimidated, … Continue reading

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Archives Visit

We will be meeting in the archives for class on June 2. After a brief orientation by a staff member you will choose a manuscript collection to explore. I’ll ask that you request materials from a collection and investigate its contents … Continue reading

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Seminar Is Like…

Over the next few days we will be thinking about the nature of research seminar, the course goals, and ways to achieve them. Seminar is a unique course, but there are some analogies that might be helpful to think about … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade

In my Tegrity lecture “How I Work” I discuss organizational strategies and examples of workflow. Below you’ll find links to some of the tools I mentioned. In many ways, traditional note cards and notebooks are still the best and most reliable … Continue reading

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Welcome to History 4300!

Welcome to Professor Rosenow’s blog for History 4300! This course is a research seminar that serves as a capstone to your history degree. It provides the opportunity to practice the craft of history and apply the knowledge and skills you … Continue reading

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