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Part 3 requirements:

1.    600 to 700 words, double spaced, standard font (Times New Roman, etc.)
2.    Locate and summarize one (1) scholarly book monograph (single-authored) published by a university press, e.g. University of California Press, or an academic trade press. The book should ideally be published after 2000, and at the earliest 1975.
3.    Provide the proper citation in Chicago format: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/ (Links to an external site.)
4.    Briefly tell me how you located the book.
5.    Summarize the book and its argument. Spend no more than 50% of the paper (300-350 words) on summary.
6.    Explain how this book provides context and sheds light on your primary source. What did you learn from this secondary source that you could not glean from the primary source? How does your primary source elaborate, complicate, elucidate, exemplify, or disprove this secondary source?

What is a secondary source?

A secondary source is one that provides analysis without firsthand experience.  The purpose of searching for and reading secondary sources is to conduct a scholarly literature review.  The literature review ensures that you have a bigger picture idea of what the questions and debates are in your field or subfield, and what types of studies other scholars have already completed.  They shed light on and provide context for primary sources.  This is also a necessary and important aspect of conducting historical research.

Finding secondary sources:

Use the library and internet resources to help you locate other scholars who have researched or written about your chosen topic and question.  Read through articles and books and find the ones that speak directly to the theme or question you want to focus on.  Try to contextualize their arguments and figure out how they are speaking to each other.

In part 3, you need to find a full-length book, published by a university press, e.g. University of California Press, Harvard University Press, or a reputable academic trade press, e.g. Routledge, Verso.  Non-academic presses will not count toward the requirement.  Usually a keyword search in the UW Library Catalog (http://www.lib.washington.edu/) (Links to an external site.) will yield a number of monograph results, and you can limit your searches to books only.  Note that some books will not be housed in UW Library and may need to be ordered through Summit or Interlibrary Loan, which may take one to three week, so please plan ahead!


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