Alexis McCrossen, Professor in History, is a specialist in the cultural history of the United States; she has studied the history of Sunday, of clocks and watches, and of New Year’s observances. Her Fall 2018 class, the History Department’s Junior Research Seminar, will guide students through the process of researching and writing an original research paper about a topic in US social and cultural history.
Searching as strategic exploration is central to this course, which requires students to choose a topic, identify their sources, assess their sources for relevancy, use creativity and insight to find needles in the haystack. They will thus need to manage the search process itself so that what the discover during their wide-ranging search will inform and enliven their final papers.
Rafia Mirza, SMU's Humanities Research Librarian, will prepare learning activities and workshops introducing students to 1) digital repositories of archival primary sources; 2) digital repositories of newspapers and periodicals; 3) search strategies for secondary sources; and 4) citation and research management strategies.
DeGoyler Library's Russell Martin and Joan Gosnell will introduce students to SMU's archives of historical materials
Professor McCrossen's Proposal
Professor McCrossen's Report