This is A Chinese History Course, Everyone has strengths and weaknesses as a researcher. Some write better than others. Some have language skills that others don’t. Some have more/less research experience. Ideally, partners will complement each other.
CONTENT: remember, you must have CLIMATE angle to whatever your topic is. Sometimes that’s easier than others. But also remember that China’s ENVIRONMENTAL problems is NOT the same as its contribution to the global climate crisis, so if you do an environmental topic, be sure to include the climate angle.
TOPIC :Recycling in the Context of Climate
- Before and after: If your Wikipedia entry already exists, you MUST capture a BEFORE image and submit it with your final assignment. In addition, you EVERYONE must save a before/after on the WAYBACK MACHINE. You may also want to SCREEN CAPTURE a before and after.
- Bonus for Success: if your Wikipedia page makes it through their approval process and goes LIVE by the end of Week 10, then you will receive an extra 10 points (5%!) on your Wiki term paper. We expect everyone to write a Wikipedia entry that will go live on the Wikipedia website.
- Final Warning: this assignment is a central and critical part of the course.
Wikipedia portal link do your Wikipedia work via:
https://dashboard.wikiedu.org/courses/UC_San_Diego/HIEA_140_China_since_1978_(Spring_2022)?enroll=vlrbaknz (Links to an external site.)
- Working with the Wikipedia Foundation, which has set up a special website for us, and the Writing Hub, which has trained staff to work with you, you will use the readings and your own additional readings to create or expand an approved (by me) Wikipedia page by at least 6-9k words by the final week of term.
- All your entries must include a climate crisis dimension, broadly defined, so choose your topic according to how comfortable you are with making a connection between your chosen topic and the climate crisis.
- Familiarize yourself with Wikipedia’s “Core content policies”: neutral point of view, no original research, and verifiability: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Core_content_policies (Links to an external site.)
- To record your work, you MUST do your edits via the Wikipedia homepage for the course: https://dashboard.wikiedu.org/courses/UC_San_Diego/HIEA_140_China_since_1978_(Spring)?enroll=ctylvmxg (Links to an external site.)
- Settle on a topic and decide whether you’d like to: 1) write a new article; 2) add a new section to a pre-existing article; 3) revise and extensively rewrite an entire existing article; or 4) revise and substantially rewrite an existing section of an article.
- Find sources. To keep your contribution as neutral and to ensure the information is verifiable, you’ll need to start with the sources. If you have trouble finding appropriate sources, check with UCSD’s excellent Chinese Studies librarian’s homepage of sources (and/or the librarian Xi CHEN herself): https://ucsd.libguides.com/chinese_e_resources (Links to an external site.)
- FINAL PAPER VERSION THAT YOU WILL TURN IN ON CANVAS via TURNITIN: Compose your contribution in Microsoft Word (and provide a link to the Wikipedia page). Make it easy to eventually turn your writing into an actual Wikipedia article by putting the title at the top, and by underlining section titles. Instead of using Word’s “insert footnote” function, simply put “(1)”, “(2)”, and so on at the end of sentences with references. Underline words or phrases that will include a hyperlink to other existing Wikipedia articles. Include a numbered list of references you used at the bottom.
- Please include a WORD COUNT (that is, the total number of words you added to the Wikipedia page/s) at the top of your document AND highlight all of YOUR additions to a page. If you created an entirely new page, then highlight everything.
Here’s an example from previous UNDERGRADUATES, who made an entirely new page: