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SSI2-124: Utopia/Dystopia: Assessment Exercise

Assessment Exercise

I.  Topic Area and Initial Research Questions

What was the role of women in the Oneida Community?  Was the Oneida Community a feminist utopia for them?

II.  Evaluation of Sources

Working in small groups, you will examine and discuss a set of sources.

  • In the context of the research question, how would you categorize what type of source this is according to the BEAM framework?  Would you use it as a primary, secondary, or tertiary source?  Why?  Is it a popular or scholarly source?  How do you know?
  • How do you think this source might help you explore the research question?
  • How do you think this source would not help you explore the research question?  In other words, what doesn't it provide?
  • If you had to imagine three "ideal" sources that would help you investigate this research question, what would they look like?

Each table has a set of sources:  one or two books on each table, plus the online sources listed below with their links.

Note that you are NOT being asked to read each source word-by-word!  Instead, you are being asked to figure out what type of source it is and how you might use it.  This will entail skimming, paying attention to structure and contents, and/or reading an introductory paragraph or two.