Bibliography help

November 20th, 2008 by jmcclurken

For guidelines on citing sources in bibliographies see these guides from the library:
Print Citation Guide Electronic Citation Guide

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Watching the videos

November 18th, 2008 by jmcclurken

If you have trouble watching the video or listening to the audio of women veterans from the VHP, make sure you have Real Player installed on your computer.  If not you can download it for free from here.  Or you can go to one of the computer labs on campus and watch/listen to the there.

Again, you need to blog about at least three women veterans before Thursday’s discussion.

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Peer Review Form

November 17th, 2008 by jmcclurken


You can fill this out and email it to the person you’re peer reviewing OR write on a printed copy. Either way it needs to be given or emailed to me by classtime next Tuesday (Nov. 25). [If you’re emailing an electronic version, send it to me and the author.]

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Revised Syllabus — Reading for weeks 13 and 14

November 12th, 2008 by jmcclurken

Week 13 — Week of November 17

Context: America’s Female Veterans

Reading — Tuesday & Thursday: Selections from the Veterans History Project (

[Select at least 2 veterans from the Women at War page to read/listen to.

Also check out the NPR Story on Female Iraq Veterans]


Week 14 — Week of November 24

— Thanksgiving — No Class

Reading — Tuesday: Michael Gambone, Greatest Generation Comes Home, Ch. 7; Under Readings tab: Wages of War,

Ch. 6-8, 13-14, 21-22

Context: Veterans of Other Wars – French & Indian, Spanish-American, Korean War


Revised Discussion Leaders

Week 13 America’s Female Veterans — Week of November 17

  • Brandy S.
  • Margaret (Meg) T.
  • Dan C.

Week 14 — Veterans of Other Wars — Week of November 24

  • Eric S.
  • Rebecca W.
  • Charlie G.

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Constructing the Paper

November 1st, 2008 by jmcclurken

Several of you seem to be struggling with the paper assignment so this post is an attempt to emphasize what we discussed in class and clarify those parts that seem to be confusing people.

Your paper should not just be a summary of your interviewee’s experiences, nor just what he or she thought.  The paper should be an attempt to set your veteran’s postwar experiences within the larger experiences of American returning veterans.  How typical were his/her experiences compared to other veterans returning from that war? Compared to soldiers returning from other wars?  How was he perceived?  Use the lectures as well as the primary and secondary source readings for this semester to help provide that context for your veteran’s experiences.  As you integrate your interviewee’s experiences into the larger context of US veterans’ experiences, it is appropriate to consider whether or not you think that he/she believed that her experiences were typical.  [Remember too, that although discussing wartime experiences are important, that the main focus of this class and of the paper is about the postwar experiences of these men and women.]

Keep in mind that you need to cite all information (including the interview) with footnotes or endnotes and you should certainly use quotations from the interview and other primary sources (as well as material from secondary sources) to support your argument.

[For more general writing and citation advice, see also the writing guidelines mentioned before, as well as the history department’s resource page.]

Finally, make sure your paper has:

  • A thesis about the experiences of American veterans (including postwar experiences)
  • A title page with a real title
  • Page numbers (starting with the first page of text as page 1)
  • A bibliography of works cited in the notes
  • One-inch margins
  • Properly cited footnotes
  • Quotations from your interview

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