The proposal is an early opportunity to think critically about your topic.
Every proposal should answer these questions:
1. What is your topic? Describe it briefly.
2. What is your hypothesis? Tell which question is driving your research.
3. What will your readers learn from this project? Will you be bringing new information to
light, or will you be interpreting commonplace knowledge in a new way?
4. Why is your project significant or interesting? Discuss the relationship between your
project and some broader issue in history.
Adapted from: William Kelleher Storey, Writing History: A Guide for Students. 2nd ed. New
York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 14-15.
The annotated bibliography will contain at least ten primary and ten secondary scholarly sources. Primary sources include newspaper articles, photograph collections, maps, and interviews. Scholarly sources include well-documented books and articles in peer-reviewed journals. All sources will be formatted using the Chicago Manual of Style and grouped together as either primary or secondary sources. Under each category, primary or secondary, entries should be alphabetized. For primary sources, describe the content, the author's thesis, if relevant, and a description of the evidence used, and what the work's significance to your topic is, for a total of roughly three sentences. For secondary sources, address the author's thesis, a description of the evidence used, and what the work's significance to your topic is, for a total of roughly three sentences. Single-space entries and annotations with double-spacing between entries.
For the purposes of grading your bibliography, primary sources must be relevant to the topic. Many of these sources will be found in local archives such as the Northwest Room at the Tacoma Public Library, the Seattle Public Library, the Washington State History Museum, and the UW Library system. Secondary sources need to be scholarly; websites, per se, don't count unless they are from verifiable sources, such as a museum or historical society. (It doesn't matter how you access scholarly works, just that you use them. For instance, if you rely on www.jstor.org you are tapping into scholarly literature via the web, which is quite different than going to some random website; the first is research, the second is wasting your time.
Finally, if you completely change your project topic, you need to re-write and re-submit your research proposal.