Department of History, University of Oregon
Guidelines for Research Presentations
Research presentations describe work-in-progress, but they still must be well organized in advance rather than “made up” on the spot. Think of them not as final statements, but rather as reports on the research process as well as on what you are learning and thinking about a particular topic and how you are planning to write about it. In the interest of making each presentation an interesting and constructive experience (for the presenter and for seminar participants), please keep the following points in mind.
Your presentations will be evaluated in writing by all seminar participants, as well as the instructor, and these evaluations will be considered in your grade.
Aim for a presentation of 15 minutes maximum, to be followed by 10 minutes or so of questions and comments. I'll be keeping time in the interest of insuring equality of air time.
Note: The outline below is not a rigid formula intended to dictate what you say or the order in which you say it. It is a set of guidelines designed to take the mystery out of this assignment and give you a concrete idea of the major topics and questions to be covered. Excellent presentations will cover these general issues while still being extremely individualized and tailored to the specifics of your particular project.
Your Project, Its Significance and Its Originality
Your Encounter with Sources
Findings and Final Product
Please feel free to reproduce and share materials (please keep them relatively brief) that will make your research project come alive for the rest of us. This might be an outline, an especially rich source, a single visual image, or anything else you think will work. If you need any equipment for your presentation (an overhead or computer projector, VCR and monitor, cd player, etc.), please let me know in advance.