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Month: January 2018

Reverse Engineering: Teaching Bibliographies and Footnotes

Reverse Engineering: Teaching Bibliographies and Footnotes

The final assignment in the methods course I teach almost every year is a historiographical paper on a subject of the student’s choice. Earlier in the term, as a first step toward that final paper, students have to create a bibliography of primary and secondary sources from which we’ll choose, together, the books and articles that they’ll weave into that historiography. For a long time, my students struggled with this task, and I struggled to figure out how to help…

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Wearing a New Hat

Wearing a New Hat

I’m taking an online language course with an institution that’s not my own this semester, and it’s teaching me an enormous amount.  The learning isn’t yet about the language – that will come in time – but about what it’s like to “do college,” especially as a new student. I was entirely out of my element when it came to seeking admission.  First, I couldn’t find the portal for non-degree-seeking students (hint: scroll all the way down the webpage, Cate),…

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