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Learning Goal: I’m working on a history writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
The responses should be at least 2 full pages in length (typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman 11 pt. font) and answer each of the assigned questions completely and include at least one external scholarly reference that is not the textbook. On identifying “scholarly” references, see the section in this syllabus entitled “using sources.”
The questions you need to respond to (fully and equally):
According to the five versions of Urban II’s speech at Claremont, what was his purpose in calling the crusade?
What sort of power do we see the Pope claim in these speeches?
A big part of being a historian is learning to identify what sources are scholarly and worth your time, and which ones are not. The internet makes knowledge infinitely more accessible (and easily accessible), but just because a source appears on the first page of a Google search does not mean that it is scholarly or acceptable for use in a college-level history essay.So, what makes a scholarly (acceptable) source? Scholarly sources are materials that are written by an expert on a given topic, and demonstrate that the writer is “up-to-date” on current research in the field. These are sources which have undergone some form of peer-review, and are often published by academic presses (Routledge, Taylor and Francis, etc) or by universities themselves (the Oxford University Press, the University of Virginia website, etc). Aside from using the CSU library, there are specific search engines that will limit your internet searches to scholarly material, such as Google Scholar. For more on what is available to CSU students, check out these resources at the CSU library. As a blanket statement, you cannot cite Wikipedia or anything from (The History Channel website) as acceptable sources. If you do, your grade will reflect the fact that you have ignored this notice!