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TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

Tips for a successful project
Mario Corrigan - Executive Librarian
Local Studies Dept. - Kildare County Library and Arts Services
 
         ALWAYS check out your idea with your TEACHER
         Make sure your idea is do-able
        There are books on the subject; websites that might help etc.
        There might be some primary resources available
        Think of the timescale – don’t make it too large
        See if there is help available – libraries, local history groups
         
THINK ABOUT and MAKE SURE YOUR PROJECT HAS A
 
START


MIDDLE


END
EXAMPLE
Meeting of the First County Council 1899
The Minutes for the first meeting are on EHistory in two parts
Article on the First Meeting of Kildare Co. Council on Ehistory by Liam Kenny

START
         Research and Outline – HUGELY IMPORTANT
        booklet on the first Council published by Kildare County Council in 1999
        Books on the beginning of local Government and Irish history for the period
        Newspaper Reports
        Council Minutes
        Images – Councillors; Gentry; Council Offices
         Introduction
        Explaining your choice of topic and what resources were available
        introducing your topic – what is a county Council and where is it today - why it is of interest – what was there before it
        setting the scene for your essay – the first meeting was held at 11 a.m. in Naas Courthouse on 22 April 1899
        The first Council lasted from 1899 to 1902
 
MIDDLE
         Body of ESSAY
        The elections of April 1899?
        The candidates
        First Meeting
        Who was present?
        Who was elected?
        What was the outcome of the first meeting?
        What (if any) was the reaction in Co. Kildare – in Ireland?
        What kind of work was done by the Council?
        Were there any difficulties during the first meeting?
REMEMBER – YOUR IDEAS – YOUR OPINIONS
 
END
 
         Why was it important?
         How did it set the scene for modern Council and compare the type of work to today
         Is there any information on the success of the Councils in Ireland and on the changeover from the previous system?

         WHAT impression did it make on YOU?

          What do YOU THINK?

         ALWAYS – refer to the work you did

         ALWAYS – cite the references – where you got the information - make sure you do this with care

         ALWAYS – make the work personal – I did… I think…

         ALWAYS – imagine you are trying to teach somebody who has no knowledge whatsoever about the topic why the topic is interesting and what it is about

         NEVER – take it for granted that whoever may be reading this knows anything about the topic

         NEVER– take it for granted that it is obvious where you got the information or how you did the work

         NEVER – leave it to the last minute – give yourself time and choose something you are interested in but make sure there are sources and that the topic is manageable

         ALWAYS – check with your teacher

         START – writing as soon as you can – even if it is making some notes – or making a first draft (you don’t have to write it in one go) –

         CONTINUE – to ask questions as you go along – why did that happen? Who was this person? Imagine somebody who knows nothing about the subject reading your essay – would they understand? Would they know what you mean?  

         SHOW

         That you can do research

         How you did the research

         Where you did the research

         What sources you used

         That you learned from the research

         That you can use the research and can put it all together

         That you enjoyed it   

                                                    GOOD LUCK!

[Some helpful hints on how to create a good project.]


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