Wake Forest University
Between Feb 1and Start of Spring Break, you or your research group is required to make a proposal
and schedule a meeting with Prof, that (when appropriate) follows the guidelines below.
Projects must be approved. Schedule an appointment. 50% of Grade.
James Buchanan Inaugural
free to submit outline or questions via e-mail at any time for feedback
prior to conference. Will facilitate the face-to-face discussion firstname.lastname@example.org
prepared with a clear
declarative statement of what is to be tested and some indication of
the methodology for examining the materials
the materials (and availability) you will examine (There are so many
primary materials at the
Political Speech sites.
some preliminary bibliography work. Obviously it is helpful to do some
reading on your topic of interest before deciding what the
project entails. Don't conference unless has done some background reading.
your project takes the form of examining a body of primary materials
you may want to work in groups (although individual projects are encourage)
is research project, not a normal term paper. Thus you would want
a "review of literature," method, results, & discussion sections
in some fashion. Journal articles you read for the project can serve
find an appropriate project you may want to peruse appropriate journals/Bibs/speech links. Avoid settling on a topic or looking only at topics
were have covered in class at that point. Allow your natural curiosity
about events or items you have observed in presidential communication
lead you to an appropriate research question. Remember to narrow,
narrow, narrow, the focus of your research question. Also reference
the bibliographies and/or speech links at the web page. If you have
no idea, just pursuing the bibs should help generate ideas. Also there
are amazing materials available on web sites. I really do not
want to talk to anyone about their project if they have not consulted