The basic project assignment is straightforward: create a web site on
some aspect of eighteenth-century British literary, cultural, or social
history that has some relevance to the readings for your course. You might
browse the Student Project Showcase
for examples of past topics or the list of
suggested topics for other possibilities, including the top ten most-wanted
projects. You are encouraged to find a topic that has not yet been covered
extensively by more than one existing project on this site. If you choose
a topic that has been covered before, you will be expected to offer a
substantially different perspective on the topic, to present at least
eight new sources in your bibliography, and to avoid any significant overlap
in site content.
The formal requirements for the project are laid out
below. Sites will be graded on their adherence to these guidelines and
on the quality of their content and design. Please see the extensive list
of web design principles elsewhere on this site for additional suggestions
on creating a successful web project.
While the main focus of your project will be some aspect of eighteenth-century
cultural history rather than a particular text, it should include interpretive
content that suggests explicit connections between your topic and the
assigned readings for the course. You might choose, for instance, to draw
on textual examples to illustrate a phenomenon you discuss in your site,
or demonstrate how an idea explained in your site might be applied in
the interpretation of a scene or passage from an assigned text. See the
Studies page of A
Trip to an Eighteenth-Century Hospital for a good example.
- Projects should be conceived and designed to take full advantage of
the web medium. Simply transposing a traditional research paper onto
a web page is not acceptable; the unique multi-media and cross-referencing
capabilities of web-based communication should be incorporated into
the basic design of the project from the very outset. The ECE project
Make Your Way
As A Woman in Eighteenth-Century England is a good example.
- Projects should contain a significant component of original research,
interpretation, and analysis. It is fine to include factual material,
web site links, scanned images, and quotations, but the intellectual
heart of the project should reside in your own treatment and "readings"
of these materials. Although readers are interested in historical facts,
they are equally interested in your critical and imaginative responses
to and interpretations of those facts. Why are they interesting or important?
What questions do they raise for you? What bearing do they have on the
literature of the period? The ECE project
Perspectives on Children: Children's Literature in the Eighteenth Century
is a good example of original analysis.
- Although fancy, hi-tech bells and whistles (video, sound, animation,
Java applets) are neither required nor expected, developers should give
attention to basic design issues, such as providing an attractive, user-friendly
interface that displays properly on both of the most commonly used browsers,
Netscape and Explorer. Carefully review the ECE
page on principles of web design as you begin planning and building
your project. The ECE project The
World Upside Down is an excellent example of appealing site design.
- The usual standards of academic integrity will apply, and all quoted,
scanned, or paraphrased material should be linked, by means of a clickable
note number within the same paragraph, to complete citation information
on a separate notes page. Plagiarism will
result in a failing grade for the project and possibly for the course.
See the page about citing sources for more
- The overall format and structure of project sites is entirely up to
the developers. The following pages, however, are required:
- Site home page. Your site's "front
door" should include a descriptive project title, a brief introduction
to the project explaining the scope and purpose of the site, and
links to the bibliography, notes, and credit pages (see below) as
well as to the ECE home page. This home page must have the file
name "index.html" and be located in your main project folder.
- Works cited page. Your site should include an annotated
bibliography of all sources consulted. The bibliography should contain
at least eight entries, including at least one journal article and
at least one primary (pre-1800) source. It should be properly formatted
according to the example
- Notes page. This is a separate page of numbered endnotes,
providing citation information for all quotations and paraphrases
in the main body of the site. Clicking on a note number within the
site should take the user directly to the relevant entry on the
endnotes page. Full citation information for a given source should
be included the first time the source is cited in the notes. Subsequent
citations may use an abbreviated form. See the Citing
Sources page for details.
- Credits page. Include the names of all contributors, the
date of completion, and the course in which the project was assigned
(course number, title, semester, and instructor's name).
- In building the site, study and carefully adhere to the important
technical tips and guidelines outlined
elsewhere on this site. They will not only save you many hours of frustration
in developing your project, but will also help to ensure the proper
functioning of your pages on the ECE site in the long term.
- Thoroughly proofread, spell-check, and link-check your project prior
to final submission. The ECE site is accessible to thousands of potential
users, and every component of it is expected to demonstrate a high level
- Five preparatory assignments are to be
submitted by the dates listed on the syllabus. The first of these, a
critique of two existing student projects on the ECE site, is due during
the third week of term. Click on the link above for complete details
about these assignments.
- The completed project is to be submitted by uploading it to your group's
folder on the ECE site (click here for instructions).
Once the upload has been completed and thoroughly tested, send an email
(one per group) to the course instructor saying the upload has been
completed and providing the following information:
- The final title of your project.
- The names of all members of your group.
- A brief (three- to five-sentence) synopsis of your site to be
included in the ECE project catalog.
- Within 48 hours of completing the final submission, each member of
the group is required to submit a two-page project evaluation consisting
of answers to the following questions:
- How useful was this project as a learning experience for you?
- How would you suggest modifying the project assignment in future
- How did your group divide up the work for the project? Did each
member contribute his or her fair share?
Go on to Preparatory Assignments