Final Project Guidelines

Project proposals are due in class by Thursday 3/12.  Proposal posts should be 500-1000 words long and discuss the following:

  1. What’s the topic and time period covered by the project
  2. What mode of analysis do you plan to use.  (You must choose one method of analysis, but you may decide to use more than one.  If you are thinking about using more than one method of analysis, you must write about which and how they might be used together)
    • Data visualization
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Mapping
      1. Display map (Neatline)
      2. Analysis map (QGIS)
    • Text corpus analysis
  3. Why have you chosen your mode of analysis–what does your chosen method tell you about your data, and what can your chosen method NOT tell you about your data (I want to hear about why you chose your method over all others)
  4. Everyone will be required to add their Zotero document-level citations and datasets (spreadsheets) as items in Omeka.  What additional items will you need to add to Omeka?  Any person, place, document or thing you want to discuss in your exhibit will need to be added as an Omeka item.  For example:
    • People
    • Places
    • Buildings or addresses
    • Images
    • Network
    • Analytic map
    • Documents
  5. Propose a possible exhibit structure.   Choose either:
    • Vanilla Omeka.  For a vanilla exhibit, describe:
      1. the main argument of the exhibit
      2. the analytical components that will be included (graphs, networks, analytical maps, etc)
      3. types of items or images necessary to include
      4. at least three pages which will guide a visitor through your exhibit
    • Neatline.  For a Neatline exhibit, describe:
      1. the main argument of the exhibit
      2. whether you will be guiding a visitor through space or time
      3. types of items or images necessary to include
      4. at least three points in space or time you want to guide your visitor to
  6. What research do you need to finish before March 26
  7. Insert a bibliography from Zotero of the sources you’ve found so far

Online content of final exhibits is due before class on Thursday 4/30, when we will begin presentations.  Final reflection posts are due during the exam period assigned by the college.

Undergraduates: Undergraduate students will propose and design an Omeka or Neatline exhibit focused on some aspect of the history of the State Normal School for their final project.  If designing an exhibit in Omeka, students must incorporate their previous network or text analysis.  If designing an exhibit in Neatline, students may incorporate network or text analysis, but are not required to.  Exhibits must include at least 2000 words of text, of which no more than 1000 may be in item captions and descriptions, and must include relevant secondary research and citations.  Exhibits should also include links to other student exhibits if possible.  Students will write a 1000 word reflection post discussing the choices which informed their exhibit design and any difficulties they encountered.

Master’s and Doctoral:  Graduate students will choose one of our three methods of analysis (networks, text analysis, or mapping), identify further sources from the State Normal School records in addition to those they have already worked with, and design an Omeka or Neatline exhibit showcasing their research.  Graduate students may alternately design multiple smaller linked exhibits in Omeka, Neatline, or both.  Exhibits must include at least 3000 words of text, of which no more than 1500 may be in item captions and descriptions.  Exhibits should also include links to other student exhibits if possible.  Students will write a 1500-2500 word reflection post discussing their research process, any difficulties their encountered in research or analysis, and the choices which informed their research process.

Doctoral (optional): Doctoral students may, if they wish, design a final project around sources in their dissertation field.  Together with Dr. Kane and the student’s advisor, we will identify potential sources and the student will select one of our three methods of analysis (networks, text analysis, or mapping) to apply to their sources.  Doctoral students must also write a 10-15 page paper discussing the historiographic intervention that their digital analysis might make in their dissertation field.  Please meet with Dr. Kane by Thursday 3/5 to discuss this option.

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