Short Term Paper Project
Term paper projects require that you go beyond the assigned readings and the class
lecture notes and explore some topic raised in the class in more depth. Therefore
any topic addressed in this course syllabus is suitable for a term paper project.
However, you are also encouraged to consider doing a term paper project on a topic
-- relavant to the stated objectives of this course -- that has not been addressed
in the course syllabus.
Shortly after the mid-term of the semester -- March 27th -- you
will be required to submit a brief type-written, double-spaced term paper
proposal to Professor Bulk who will be responsible for grading your paper. These
proposals will be graded and will carry over to your term project evaluations. Each
proposal will be graded on a twenty point basis reflecting how well that you have
developed the term paper proposal requirements listed below. Nonetheless you are
especially encouraged to consult with any of the faculty involved in the teaching
of this course for advice upon how to proceed with your term project idea.
You are especially encouraged to utilize the Hmong reference works section of Murphy
Library that was created particularly for your use in this course.
In addition, you are strongly recommended to consult with the comprehensive Hmong
internet reference works site as this is a treasure trove of information:
The term paper proposal requirements are as follows:
The actual term paper projects will be evaluated on the basis of the following considerations:
- Clearly identify your topic in one sentence or less. Your topic must
be expressed in the form of a question that you propose to answer in your
- List your tenative bibliography or at least a few books or professional
journal articles that you will be reading to help develop your term project proposal.
- While this is not a requirement--if you are utilizing any web sites for additional
information to supplement your "tenative bibliography" cited above in number two, you
should list your tenative web site information supplements. [Note: While
there is nothing wrong with utilizing web site information, it should not be
the primary informational basis upon which your term paper project is based.]
- Very briefly state your rationale for selecting this particular topic. In
other words, in a few sentences state why it is that this particular topic is of
interest to you personally.
- How well you have answered the topical question that you selected for yourself in your term project proposal,
- How well you utilized the bibliographic references that you have based your term project report on, and
- How clearly and compelling you have presented your ideas in your paper and within the specified paper length
parameters; namely 5 to 7 typewritten, double-spaced pages.