Argument Project
HIST 122: summer online course

For this project you will write an analysis of the impact of some technology on society.  You must consider its different impact on different parts of society--whom did it hurt and whom did it help?  No two students can write on the same topic; please check the topics already posted before deciding on yours.  Recent technologies are encouraged, but you need to pick a technology that is established enough so that you can discuss its actual impact, not just speculate.  

Research can be primarily on the web, but note that some of the books and almost all of the journals in the Clemson library are available electronically.  For books go to and change "view entire catalog" to "electronic resources."  For electronic journals go to:

Project steps:

In your paper, you must provide footnotes or references to your sources (not just for quotes but also for specific information and arguments) in the text of the paper and provide at the end an overall list of the sources you used to write your paper (not just the ones you cited but all sources that you read that you found useful). You may use any standard format (that is, one that is published or available from a reputable page on the web).  You can find standard formats at: Writers Handbook .  In most cases I would expect six or more different sources on your list of sources.

The higher grades will go to papers that exhibit logical thinking, an analytical framework, accurate scientific information, specific evidence, the ability to inform and communicate, sound organization, and a concise and coherent argument. In this paper the premium will go to those that make a persuasive argument.  Late papers will be penalized ten points for each calendar day late.  Very late papers will be penalized no lower than a 65 if the paper merits at least a 75.

Information on doing web research:
I am going to let you use the web to do research for your argument papers. Please don't get the wrong idea--historians still believe in the importance of books. But I want you to struggle with opinion in this paper, and the web is a wonderful source of opinion. You are more than welcome to use books and articles as sources for your paper if you want to, but in this special assignment I am willing to accept papers written only from research on the World Wide Web (I would not do that for a longer term-paper requiring more in-depth research, except for certain topics where primary source material is available on the Web).

Now, you must be careful about doing research on the World Wide Web. Before a book is published, the publisher normally sends the manuscript out to experts in the field for evaluation. That doesn't mean that books are always right, but that plus fear of lawsuit means that the information published in books is screened for accuracy. On the other hand, anyone can put anything on the World Wide Web--there is no screening at all. So you must evaluate the information for yourself.  This is one of the skills that I want you to learn.

You may want to ask yourself:
For more information on evaluating web pages see:  Evaluating Web Sites.

Checklist for a good paper: