Toronto Historical Labour Sites

Toronto Historical Labour Sites: Outline Component (10%)


Before you begin to write your Toronto Historical Labour Sites: Research Assignment you will need to hand in an outline including the thesis of your assignment, a brief outline of the topics your paper will touch upon, and a works cited page that will account for the research you have conducted in preparing your outline.

This assignment can be completed in partners, if you choose.


Assignment Guidelines


You must submit an outline of your report, including the location of your site, by Sunday, midnight of week 5.


Report outlines should be 2-3 pages in length and should include a Works Cited section. Outlines will clearly identify the site you have chosen to research, the general organization of your report, and at least three preliminary research sources (i.e. Works Cited). You are expected to have a general idea of the history of the site you have selected when you submit your outline.


Your first assignment should consist of three sections:


    1. A paragraph explaining the topic being researched — including a preliminary thesis statement (what you wish to show, say, or argue about your site).
    2. A brief outline of the subjects your paper will touch upon (see the questions provided below in order to get started with this).
    3. A Works Cited page indicating some of the preliminary sources (4 minimum) you have reviewed in preparing your outline for your final assignment.


Thesis Paragraph


This section should introduce and explain the topic you’ve chosen to research. You will need here to provide me with a rough sense of what your thesis statement is going to be. A thesis statement is one sentence that sums up what your essay will discuss or argue. Don’t worry if you’re not sure that your thesis is exactly what you want it to be; you will likely refine it as you conduct your research and write your essay.


Remember: the more information you give me in your outline, the more I can assist with your research and writing.


Brief Outline


Your outline should be specific, clear and examine measurable aspects of the site you’re researching. Try to break your outline (and therefore your final essay) in to a few smaller sections. This will improve the overall organization of your final report.


Topics your paper should touch upon include:


  • What does the site look like?
  • Where is it located? Explain in detail the event and actors that make the physical location significant?
  • What is the historical significance of your site?:i.e What happened there? Who was involved? What was the outcome? (You must relate the cite to labour history; a report that does not relate to labour history will not pass.)
  • If the event / person who is the subject of the site is controversial, explain why; i.e. Some sites will honour a person who might not be completely praise-worthy, or, they may pay tribute to an event that does not deserve celebration. Make sure to include an account of this. Remember to continue to employ the rules of reading history critically, even (or perhaps especially!) in this exercise.
  • How is this event / idea / person / change still important today?
  • If your subject is a person (a plaque or monument commemorating a person):
    • Relate the site to the person: why is this site significant?
    • What did this person do to change the situation of labour in Canadian history?
    • Did she/he make changes for the better or worse?
  • If your subject is an event:
    • What was this situation like prior to the unfolding of your event?
    • What were some immediate outcomes?
    • What were some long-term outcomes?
  • What feeling do you get standing where history unfolded? What connections did you make, or did anything become clearer to you standing on that physical site?
  • Why is this event or person, personally significant to you?


Remember, your outline should not merely include a list of headings; talk about what questions you are going to answer and how. Your answers must reflect the fact that you’ve done some research.


Works Cited


N.B.: This section of your outline component is very important and it is necessary that you complete it in order to receive full marks for your final assignment. Please read this section closely and carefully in order to be sure that you have understood what is being asked of you.


Plagiarism is any time one takes work, ideas, notions, or text that someone else has created, and presents it is if it is his or her own. For instance, if you take material from a web resource and cut and paste it into your essay without placing the excised text in quotations, or you neglect to include this material in your works cited, you have plagiarized.


Another form of plagiarism is submitting an essay that you have not yourself written. Using an essay service or the work of another student is also plagiarism.


If one is caught plagiarizing he or she will receive a 0% for his or her work and they may risk a 0% for the course in its entirety. The chair of the  school of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be notified along with the student’s chair. Plagiarism is noted in a student’s permanent file; this ensures that there will be a record of a student caught plagiarizing in multiple courses.


For more on plagiarism, and, more importantly, how to avoid it, please refer to Reading 2, our Glossary in learning module 5, or the course Getting Started material. It might be a good idea to review these pages before beginning your research.



Tips for the successful completion of this assignment


    • Try to break your topic down into 4-6 main areas; this will help you to clearly establish the objectives of your report and will provide your research, outline, and report with focus.
    • Since this is a college essay, you won’t get research marks for encyclopaedia articles (hard copy or online), but you may find that reading a few encyclopaedia entries on your topic will help you come up with good search terms, and to find more appropriate sources, etc. Remember that if you use any statistics, facts or quotations from the encyclopaedia, you will need to include it as a source on the reference page of your report!
    • Books, scholarly journal articles from databases, video-documentaries, validinternet sites, and interviews are all acceptable research sources. Beware of invalid internet sites! Because just about anyone can post a webpage, there is a lot of misinformation on the web. Magazine articles are not great sources because they don’t tell you their sources and are often quite superficial.
    • Do the Research Success Tutorialto find out how to judge a valid website (and other sources). Along with Reading 2 and the Glossary from Module 5 you may also find this tutorial useful:  Academic Honesty Tutorial:
    • There are lots of ways to get help with your research: live chat online with a librarian (see the library web pages); ask a librarian at the Reference Desk in the library for help; go to theResearch Guidethat the library has put together specifically for our course.


Submission Guidelines

1.      If your name is George Brown please “save as” your .doc, .docx or .PDF using the following formula: gbrown_report.doc. If your name is not George Brown, please substitute your own first initial and last name.

2.      Submit your assignment in the following way:

1.       Browse My Computer under the Assignment Materials section.

2.       Find the location of your document using the window that opens.

3.       Select the appropriate folder (e.g. “Canadian Labour”) and the file—gbrown_assign2.doc.

4.       Click Open.

5.       Click Submit.



·         This assignment is worth a possible 10% of your final mark.

·         Please submit your assignment on time. Late assignments are subject to a penalty of 10% off per day late, including weekends. An assignment more than seven days late gets an automatic grade of 0%. Valid reasons for late submissions will be considered.

·         Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks from the due date for the assignment to be marked and returned to your Assignments link.


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