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HIST 166 Hist of the Islamicate World: Library Related Research Assignments

Library Assignment "Footnote trail" Exercise

DUE DATE: September 27, 2013

Assignment Description: For this exercise, pick a footnote (or endnote) that you find interesting from one of our course readings and follow its trail. For example, if you look in Berkey’s chapter “Arabia before Islam” and will find the following footnote: Robert Doran, The Lives of Simeon Stylites (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1992). Find the Doran book, and see in what context he discusses Arabs? What other sources does Doran cite? How does Berkey’s discussion, for example, compare to Doran’s discussion. Are there discrepancies?

Write a page that includes
1) Full bibliographic information for the source in which you found your footnote: Author's last name and then first name, title in italics: location of publisher; publisher, date, page number (also attach a copy of the page where your citation occurs)
2) Full citation (bibliographical information) for your footnote and a brief description of how you found the actual physical source). Bring your book or article to the class on the day this assignment is due.
3) A brief discussion of how the different sources build on each other.

Second Paper: “Comparative Analysis”

You will choose one of the articles from the class reading list and find another scholarly article outside of the assigned course readings on a related theme or issue and write an essay identifying and analyzing its arguments and evidence.

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