Helllloooo WP 2!!!

Cards against History!

Nitty Gritty

  • Show of hands...how many of you have attended a formal library workshop?
  • Basics of putting together a Research Journal...WP 2

Finding a Reason to Research & Write

  • What are your interests?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • How do these things relate to history?
  • Marquez's amazing and awesome Possible Topics List

Choosing a Topic

  • Always date before you get married!
  • Same is true for exploratory research:
    • DATE your topics before you get MARRIED to them! Find out what they're like!
    • Use Credo Reference
    • Use Your Text books!

Start a Brainstorming List

  • List topics, possible sources, anything you think may help you.
  • Stay focused as you explore possible topics. Ultimately, you will be able to say: "I am joining an ongoing conversation historians are having about ______________________________. I hope to find out _____________________________________ by exploring and researching this topic.
  • Keep you eye on the prize: once you choose a topic and become knowledgeable about it, you will take a stand, and make an argument.

Daily Writing

Log into Bb and respond to the following prompts:

  • What new research did you conduct today in class? What did you find out?
  • What are the top three topics you are considering choosing? What is your connection to these topics? Why do you find these topics interesting? Write a response for each of the three topics.
  • What's your next step? What will you do to a) look for other potential topics, and b) narrow down your list? Be specific!


First, review the WP 2 assignment criteria. Click on all the links. Make sure you know what you're doing as you begin your research.
Next, continue to conduct exploratory research on all of your topics. This might include:

  • Looking in the index of your Foner text and in CV.
  • Check out the Credo Reference database. Access this via the LC E Library Guide.
    • Make sure you make a note of any sources you locate on your brainstorming list. You'll need these later!
  • You should have at least 5 possible research topics you are considering, ranked in order of interest. They may be similar. Remember, we're just dating right now.
  • Mini Source Reviews:
    • Find EACH topic in Foner and cite it, read about it, and write about it. Find each topic in Credo and cite it and write about it. This should be in MLA format.
    • Bring your updated brainstorming list, your writing and citations about at least 5 topics, as both a printed and electronic version to Comp & Seminar on Thursday. This will count as a homework grade.