CHANGE IN MILITARY AFFAIRS PAPER/ ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
This is two separate papers that tie into one another. I will attach both the proposal as well as the proposal feedback from the professor for this paper. Please read his feedback carefully as the scope of the original proposal is “too vast”. This is for a grad school course and this is by far one of the toughest professors I have had as he is a historian and published writer, so grammar, concise and factual information with support from references is key for this paper. Please ensure that when using CMoS referencing that you cite the page number as well. The annotated bibliography is a separate paper that has no outlined length requirements. Please use your better judgement with this and ensure that it ties into the paper. This is technically due before the paper as well, so if I could get this before the deadline date that would be ideal (but not a requirement). Below I will leave the assignment guidlines for both the paper as well as the assignment. I will attach my proposal as well as my professors feedback. Long Paper:
A 25-30 paper in the form of a case study regarding an aspect of innovation discussed in class. Your final paper must use an essay format, CMoS referencing, and include a cover page and bibliography. It will between words, not including footnotes and bibliography, and should have been peer reviewed by at least one other student. As noted, peer review carries no grade, but it is mandatory.
The total score for your final paper is out of 480. You will be graded on the following IDEAS: the quality of your argument and analysis, including comparative, contextual, theoretical, and other modes of engagement. Depth is expected, but breadth is encouraged.
EXPRESSION: structure (proper essay format, including a clearly identified thesis), grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style.
SUPPORT: depth of reading of sources, quality of sources, proper citation and application of sources.
Among the more challenging aspects of long essays is linkage between paragraphs, because it blends IDEAS and EXPRESSION into a seamless whole. Be vigilant with topic and transition sentences. Do not think subheadings will save you! Your argument, sentences, and paragraphs must flow logically from your introduction to your conclusion. Subheadings can trick you into thinking such transitions have happened, when, in fact, they say “Oh, and I forgot to mention, the Battle of Stalingrad was also important but I can’t remember how it relates to the previous section on the Battle of Midway, but, anywhoo, here are some facts about the horror of the Eastern Front!” You can use subheadings (and they are useful in drafts), but remove them for peer review and see if your partner can follow your logic from sentence to paragraph. If so, put them back in. If not, revise! Those concerned with the matters of style, structure, and voice in detailed analytic work, I highly recommend reading the late Jacques Barzun’s SIMPLE AND DIRECT. It gives a honest appraisal of the editing process when drafting. Which is, of course, a major hint that you should draft your papers so they say what you mean . . . and not say what you mean on Sunday night as you work on your first draft! Some other reminders: Use distant third-person.
Don’t say “This paper will show”. Cut that piece out and give us a clear and compelling thesis that doesn’t need a lawyer’s introduction (“This thesis will show that my client is innocent!”). Related to the last point, have a clear and compelling thesis. Most academic journals will give you a model for executing a strong essay, and most follow the above points. Avoid hyperbole and sarcasm in academic work. Both obfuscate what is meant to be clear Acknowledge the limitations of your work (language, sources, time frame, frame of reference, biases) where needed. How many papers have been written about Africa, Asia, South America, Russia, and the Middle East from people who have no language or cultural familiarity or expertise in these regions? Humility is a dying aspect of professionalism, but a necessary one. Annotated Bibliography: Final Paper: Ten major works (six monographs and four articles) are reviewed for relevance, argument, analysis, and support. Your annotated bibliography will be graded out of 100 points. You will be graded on the following IDEAS: depth of understanding of the source, their arguments and evidence, and how they relate to each other; EXPRESSION: quality of prose; clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, punctuation, style, etc.); and, proper CMoS format; and, SUPPORT: quality of sources chosen (peer reviewed or otherwise scholarly work; modern scholarship and landmark texts; variety of perspectives within the chosen field; etc.)