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SOAN 216- Anthropology of Colonialism 2012 (Guthrie): Home

Library Instruction Goals

This guide should help you:

Form an approach to starting an assignment.

Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?

Explore the Hege library's information resources.

Start to gather information for an assignment.

Due Dates

Due dates (post all documents on Moodle by 5:00 p.m.)

Step 1: Paragraph description Friday, March 23

Step 2: Annotated bibliography Wednesday, March 28

Step 3: First draft Friday, April 6

Step 4: Peer reviews Friday, April 13

Step 5: Second draft Sunday, April 22

Copy of the Assignment


This assignment has multiple parts that revolve around a 10 to 12 page research paper (double spaced, one inch margins, twelve point font).  It builds on the skills you have developed over the course of the semester.  In Paper 1 you analyzed a single text, and in Paper 2 you examined several texts, paying attention to multiple perspectives and the conditions under which the historical sources were produced.  You will continue to use these skills, but Paper 3 adds a new element to the mix: research.  It also requires you to analyze historical change over time within a cultural context of your choice. 

The paper must:

1) analyze resistance to European colonialism, the process of decolonization, or the struggle of colonized peoples to defend their rights and identities, in any part of the world

2) focus on the 20th or 21st century

3) document historical change over time

4) analyze the cultural dimensions of your topic

Step 1: Paragraph description of paper topic

Write a paragraph that describes your topic, the themes that interest you, the questions you hope to ask in you research, and why you think the topic is significant.  If you have more than one idea, you can write more than one paragraph.

Step 2: Mini annotated bibliography

You must cite at least three scholarly sources in your paper, including at least one scholarly book and at least one academic journal article.  Scholarly sources result from research, provide detailed citations, and are often written by professors.  When you’re looking for secondary sources, the more recent they are the better.  A source that was published before 1990 may be conceptually out of date.  Read all sources critically.  I strongly encourage you to seek help from a reference librarian and from me.  On the Hege Library home page, I recommend you search Worldcat and some of the databases listed under “History,” especially AnthroSource.

Create an annotated bibliography that includes at least three published scholarly sources.  For each source provide a complete bibliographic citation (for books, provide the author’s name, title, publisher, place of publication, and publication date; for journal articles provide author’s name, article title, journal name, volume and issue numbers, pages, and publication date).  Then write a paragraph that very briefly summarizes the source and indicates how you think this source will help you with your paper (does it contain useful facts or ideas or arguments?).  I don’t care what style of citations you use so long as you are consistent and accurate.

Subject Guide

Liz Wade
Hege Library
Access & Information Services (AIS)
Office L-13A