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Research Assignment #5

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Research Assignment #5 is the time when you will make your digital history project truly digital. Hyperlinks and visual evidence will be what sets apart your project from a standard essay on the subject you’ve chosen. This is part of your final project submission, not a separate step that you need to complete and turn in.

Step 1Create durable hyperlinks for all of your primary and secondary sources. Hyperlinks allow your readers to go and explore your sources for themselves.

Following the WSU Library’s guide to durable linking hyperlinked here. Even if you are using a physical book, you should at least link to the book’s library record. Electronic sources like those found in journal, newspaper, and primary source databases should also be hyperlinked. While each database does this differently, most of the databases you’ve used will include either a “Permanent URL” or “Stable URL” for any individual source. Cut and paste that URL using the following instructions:

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 2.13.55 PMIn edit mode, highlight the text you want as part of the link. Then click the chain link icon in the toolbar. Paste the URL into the URL field and check “open in new window/tab.” You do not need to give the link a title if you have highlighted the appropriate text, such as an author’s name or source title. Alternately, you can hyperlink the bracketed endnote within the narrative (there are examples for each source in sample research assignment #5). Click on the image to the left to enlarge.

Step 2. Add at least 3 visual primary sources to support your thesis and narrative. Possibilities include: historical photographs, maps, embedded video, images of written primary sources (as long as they are short), historical art (i.e. paintings), portraits of important historical actors, political cartoons. The Library of Congress is a great place to begin, but for the purposes of this project, you are free to use images from the Internet. Just be sure you know where it’s coming from and that it’s legitimate! Avoid Internet memes. Don’t include doctored or fake images! To add an image to the Media Library, be sure to first drag it to your desktop or download it from the web. Then in edit mode, click the “Add Media” icon in the top left just above the toolbar. You can upload several images at once and then position them where you would like in the text. Note that all images for all projects will be in the Media Library, so be sure you know which ones are yours!

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 2.35.53 PMWhile in “Add Media” mode, select a desired image and you should get an “attachment details” window on the right side. Add a caption that begins with a figure number (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3). Just be sure that before you go into “Add Media” and select the image that you’ve placed your cursor where you want the image to appear within the text. This may take a couple of tries before you figure out exactly where you want it.Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 2.35.53 PM

Once you’ve added the image, you may justify it right, center, or left and add a caption.

Step 3. Create an Illustrations section below your endnotes to cite your visual sources. Consult sample research assignment #5 for formatting and citation of visual sources.