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This guide will help you conduct your research for the HIST 700/ENVR 700 assignment. Use the tabs above to discover information sources and research tips. Below are reminders about the assignment guidelines. 

Historiographical Essay

This option asks students to consider their thesis topic or ongoing research program through an environmental-historical lens. Students choosing this option will write an 18-20 page historiographical essay on a theme related to their own research (e.g., natural disasters, public health reform, gender and space). This is NOT an archival research paper, but a critical evaluation of the secondary sources that builds on the major questions we have explored int he course. It is modeled on the review essays found in all major historical journals (e.g., American Historical review, Journal of Modern History, Environmental History). This paper should include a MINIMUM of 5 books plus key articles and you will be graded on the presentation of the material and the material selected. Your sources may include "classics" in the field, but should focus especially ont he most current and influential works in the area you have chosen. You will be asked to submit a bibliography and outline of the project during the course of the semester and will present your findings to the seminar during the final week of the term

Literature Review

This 18-20 page option is modeled on a natural- or social-scientific literature review and asks students to use an environmental-historical perspective to assess a natural-scientific, social- scientific, or academic-professional research question or problem.  The literature review should focus on historically oriented research, but the literature may come from a variety of fields.  Like the historiographical essay, this is NOT a research paper, but a comprehensive and critical examination of how historical questions have shaped or could inform the major questions, methodological concerns, research results, and future directions in a particular field (e.g., environmental education, landscape preservation, urban planning, habitat restoration, sustainable design).

Site Interpretation/Expanded Exhibit Review

This flexible public history option enables students to evaluate the historical significance, interpretation strategies, archival or oral history sources, or visitor reception at a local site (e.g., Congaree National Park Visitors’ Center, McKissick Museum, the proposed Museum of Life and the Environment).  The final essay could be an expanded review of one site/exhibit or a collection of sites on the same theme.  Another approach would be to synthesize existing information about historical resources in a narrative format for a chapter of the Historic Resources Survey of Congaree National Park currently underway with the USC Institute for Southern Studies, landscape documentation projects at Rose Hill/Sesquicentennial State Park, or a cultural landscape survey for a Ft. Jackson/Ft. McEntire Joint Land Use Study project being sponsored by the Central Midlands Council of Governments.

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