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LTC Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger
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Welcome to Hi 270 Borderlands History US-Mexico

From Major  Elizondo Schroepfer

YOUR TASK:
Research Paper (20%)

... explore a variety of issues including but not limited to: the power of indigenous groups in the context of colonization, migration patterns, strategies of border enforcement, and the role of cross-cultural influences in music, art, and film. For this project, you will pick a topic of your choosing that relates to the U.S. – Mexico borderlands to investigate in greater depth. Your research must be scholarly, meaning you will have to visit the library, and include at least 5 sources: A minimum of 2 books, 2 articles and 1 primary source.

1. Paragraph-length proposal (10%)
‚ÄčOn 7 October, you will turn in a paragraph proposing your topic. In order to receive credit for this portion of the project, you must meet one-on-one with LTC Kocevar-Weidinger, the liaison librarian for History. During your visit, she can help you strategize about your topic and guide you in finding sources. This proposal must include a preliminary list of sources you plan on utilizing. If you do not meet with LTC Kocevar-Weidinger (or another librarian), you will not receive credit for this portion of the project.

2. Paper (85%)  On 11 December, you will submit your final paper on Canvas. It must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Must include 5 scholarly sources (2 books, 2 articles, 1 primary)
  • 1,500 – 1,800 words. Footnoted citations in Chicago Style
  • Typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins
  • Top right of first page: word count and Help Received statement

From LTC KW:
KEYWORDS to search with:

  • United States or America or USA or U.S.
  • Mexico
  • Mexico-United States relations
  • boundaries or borderlands or American border region  or national territory or border security or border crossing or Mexican-American border region or U.S. border patrol or border barriers or border crossing
  • North American Free Trade Agreement 
  • Emigration or immigration or illegal immigration or undocumented immigrants
  • U.S Immigration & Customers Enforcement or Department of Homeland Security