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DOC BUTLER'S RICHLAND COLLEGE HONORS COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
For RICHLAND COLLEGE HIST1302 HONORS STUDENTS ONLY

Congressman Tip O'Neill (D-MA), who was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987, once famously said; "All politics is local." What that means is that people tend to pay the greatest attention to what most directly affects their daily lives. The same can be said of history; what affects the daily lives of people, what shapes the way they live, is in essence local history. In keeping with that notion, this Honors course will focus on how national trends, developments, and events have affected the people of Dallas and Dallas County over the course of time and how in some cases, how those trends, developments, and/or events have originated in Dallas or Dallas County.

Three of the unique requirements of this Honors course are:

PRESIDENTIAL VISIT RESEARCH PAPER

Every American President from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump has visited Dallas, Texas, either as a sitting president, a candidate for president, or as a private citizen (and sometimes in two and even three of these capacities). Your job is conduct original research on a presidential visit, assigned to you by the professor, and to write a 3,500 to 5,250 word research paper (from ten to fifteen typed, double-spaced pages of text, with default MS Word margins). The paper, which counts for fifteen (15) percent of your course grade, will include a cover sheet as well as endnotes, and a bibliography, both to be formatted in Turabian or Chicago style. The cover sheet, endnotes, and bibliography will be additional to the word or page count of the text. On a day and date assigned by the professor, you will also read your paper aloud to your professor and classmates, who will critique it.

  • Papers should be typed, double-spaced, final draft copies.

  • Papers should a minimum of 10 and no more than 15 pages in length (not including cover sheet, bibliography, and notes.

  • Cover sheet should be in conformity with this example.

  • Each page should be numbered at the bottom center.

IMPORTANT OR FAMOUS DALLASITE BIOGRAPHY

Students will research and write a 3,500 to 5,250 word (from ten to fifteen typed, double-spaced pages of text, with default MS Word margins) biography of an important or famous Dallasite of the past, to be chosen from a list provided by the professor. The paper, which counts for fifteen (15) percent of your course grade, will include a cover sheet as well as endnotes, and a bibliography, both to be formatted in Turabian or Chicago style. The cover sheet, endnotes, and bibliography will be additional to the word or page count of the text. On a day and date assigned by the professor, you will also read your paper aloud to your professor and classmates, who will critique it.

  • Papers should be typed, double-spaced, final draft copies.

  • Papers should a minimum of 10 and no more than 15 pages in length.

  • Cover sheet should be in conformity with this example.

  • Each page should be numbered at the bottom center.

SITE REPORT REQUIRMENTS

For this project, students will prepare a written paper (from 2 to 5 pages, typed, double spaced, with cover sheet that does not count as a page) and deliver a brief oral report on a historic and/or commemorative site that is significant to the history of Dallas, Texas.

Note: It is NOT necessary or required for the student to actually visit the site. Research may be done online or with books, newspapers, etc.

  • Papers should be typed, double-spaced, final draft copies.

  • Papers should a minimum of 10 and no more than 15 pages in length.

  • Cover sheet should be in conformity with this example.

  • Each page should be numbered at the bottom center.

The report should attempt to answer the following questions:

  1. Name of site and any former names?
  2. Location of site?
  3. What does this site commemorate and/or why is it historic?
  4. If the site is a building, when was it constructed, and how long has it been used for the purpose it is now used for? Has it always been used for that purpose?
  5. What historic event(s) if any, took place on the site?
  6. What tangible objects of interest are in or on the site? Describe them.
  7. How do these objects of interest call attention to the significance of the site?
  8. How was the site developed or prepared for use by the public and by whom and when?
  9. How long has the site been accessible to the public?

Cover sheet should be in conformity with this example.

Research Paper Example
Here is a research paper example, including endnotes, which you can use as a model for your own.

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