Course Details

Basic Information

  • HIST 397-02W  History Honors Tutorial
  • Instructor: Prof. Kyle B. Roberts (kroberts2@luc.edu)
  • Fall 2014
  • T: 2:30 – 5 PM
  • Classroom: Piper Hall
  • Office: Crown Center 548
  • Office hours: TBA

Readings

The following texts can be found for rental or purchase at the University Bookstore in the Granada Center on Sheridan Road.  Copies will also be placed on reserve in Cudahy Library.

  • Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (3d ed.; 978-0226065663) Available online through Loyola.
  • William Strunk, Jr and E.B. White, The Elements of Style (3d ed.; 978-0205191581)
  • Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (978-0807043110)
  • Joan Tumblety, ed. Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject (978-0415677127)

Ground Rules

Be prepared with readings and assignments as specified for each class session.  If you do not hand in all the assigned preliminary work (bibliographies, notes, outlines) on time, your final paper grade (which is, in fact, your course grade) will be lowered by 2/3 grade (e.g. A to B+). If the first draft of your paper is not handed in on time, your final paper grade will­ automatically go down a whole grade (e.g. A to B). The same is true for the final draft. (If both come in late, your final paper grade [i.e. course grade] will go down by 2 whole grades, e.g. from A to C or B to D).  If you hand in assignments or papers more than 2 days late, your final paper, no matter how good, won’t get more than a C.  If you miss more than one class, your final grade will be lowered by 2/3 grade (e.g. from B to C+); if you miss more than 3 classes, your final grade will be lowered by a whole grade.  If you have done more than one of these things, the penalty will be doubled or tripled.  Organize your work-time accordingly!

All papers should be written for this course.  If you want to rework a paper that you wrote (or are in the process of writing) for another course, you must get special permission.  If you do not get special permission, and if your professor discovers your deception, you will get an F in the course.

Your “first draft” should be as close to final as you can make it. Work on its organization, style, and footnote form as much as its historical content.  Read and re-read it before handing it in. 

You won’t get a real grade on the first draft, just lots of comments and suggestions.  The final paper will be graded, and that will be your grade in the course.

Consider a “significant paper” to be one about 20-25 pages long, not including footnotes/endnotes and bibliography.  Margins should be 1″ all around; fonts should be Times New Roman 12 points, no smaller or larger. Be sure to double space, including box quotations. Whether a first or final draft, papers should be carefully proofread.

Plagiarism will result in a final grade of F for the course as well as a letter, detailing the event, to be sent to the History Chair and the CAS Dean.  I adopt the definition of plagiarism in Booth, p,. 192, namely that you plagiarize when:

  • You quote, paraphrase, or summarize a source but fail to cite it.
  • You use ideas or methods from a source but fail to cite it.
  • You use the exact words of a source and you do cite it, but you fail to put those words in quotation marks or in a block quotation.
  • You paraphrase a source and cite it, but you use words so similar to those of the source that anyone can see that as you paraphrased, you followed the source word by word.

To avoid plagiarism, take notes carefully, putting into quota­tion marks all real quotes and summarizing other things in your own words.  This is very hard to do; if you don’t do it right, it is better to have all your notes in quotes.  The worst thing is to change around a few words from your source, not put quotation marks, and use your note as if it is a real summa­ry:  you will likely copy it out as it is on your card, and what you will have is in fact plagia­rism, for changing around a word, a phrase, etc. is still plagia­rism if it follows the thought sequence/pattern of the original.  On the other hand, do not avoid plagiarism by making your paper a string of quota­tions:  this produces a very bad, probably an F, paper, though it is not criminal.

Nevertheless, do not let any of this prevent you from quoting your primary sources.  As they are the “evidence” on which you build your case, you will want and need to quote them.  Just put quotation marks around them (or set them as a box quotation) and follow the quote with a proper foot or endnote.

Classroom Etiquette

Please be respectful and courteous of each other (and the instructor) at all times. In our search for truth, it is important to be able to ask tough questions and to suggest difficult answers on sensitive topics.  Key to this is feeling comfortable, so please refrain from any behavior that would upset that balance.

Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities should meet with the professor within the first two weeks of the semester to discuss the need for any special arrangements.

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