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Student participation in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas Project

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture Project would like to involve college and university students in the creation of the Encyclopedia. This is an unprecedented opportunity for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience in publishing, research, and Arkansas history while contributing to one of the largest and most comprehensive academic projects our state has undertaken.

Students can participate in the Encyclopedia Project in five possible ways:

1. Adapting research papers into Encyclopedia entries.

Under faculty supervision, students may submit the subjects of their research as possible Encyclopedia of Arkansas entries. Supervising faculty must first submit students’ topics to the Senior Editor for approval. If accepted as a potential author of that entry, the student will follow the same editorial procedures as all Encyclopedia authors, including editorial review, requests to rewrite, fact checking, and final approval of the text. Students will be credited as the authors of their work in all versions of the Encyclopedia.

Faculty members interested in having their students adapt research papers into Encyclopedia entries are encouraged to contact Guy Lancaster, Editor, as soon as possible since many topics have already been assigned: glancaster@encyclopediaofarkansas.net / (501) 320-5753.

2. Independent studies in fact checking.

Independent studies in fact checking for the Encyclopedia Project will be supervised by the appropriate faculty member as part of standard coursework. Students will be asked to research and verify the accuracy of entries following Project guidelines and will be credited for their work in all versions of the Encyclopedia. Independent studies in fact checking are unpaid. The number of students allowed to take the course is at the discretion of the faculty member.

Faculty interested in offering an independent study in fact checking should contact Guy Lancaster, Editor, as soon as possible since many topics have already been assigned: glancaster@encyclopediaofarkansas.net / (501) 320-5753.

3. Independent studies in writing.

Independent studies in writing for the Encyclopedia Project will be supervised by the appropriate faculty member as part of standard coursework. Students will be asked to write entries on topics agreed upon by the Senior Editor, faculty member, and student. Students’ entries will be subjected to the same editorial procedures as all other Encyclopedia entries, including editorial review, requests to rewrite, fact checking, and final approval of the text. Students will be credited as the authors of their work in all versions of the Encyclopedia. Independent studies in writing are unpaid. The number of students allowed to take the course is at the discretion of the faculty member.

Faculty interested in offering an independent study in writing should contact Guy Lancaster, Editor, as soon as possible since many topics have already been assigned: glancaster@encyclopediaofarkansas.net / (501) 320-5753.

4. Internships with the Encyclopedia (two available per semester).

Interns will work closely with the Encyclopedia’s staff historian and senior editor on the editorial and organizational work of the Project (eight hours/week). Among their duties will be historical research, writing and editing entries, and office work.

Internships are the most “hands on” way for students to be involved in the Encyclopedia Project, and interns will need to come into the Encyclopedia offices in Little Rock on a regular basis. The successful applicant will receive a stipend from the Project of $500 per semester, and interns will be listed in all versions of the Encyclopedia.

Click here to print the current internship application. Adobe PDF

Click here to print a flyer to post. Adobe PDF

5. Volunteering for the Encyclopedia apart from coursework.

The Encyclopedia Project has numerous opportunities for volunteers, including fact checking, writing, digitizing documents, office work, and publicity. Students are welcome to volunteer their time on their own, outside the academic setting. For office work and some other volunteer activities, they will need to come into the Encyclopedia offices in Little Rock. Fact checking, writing, and digitizing can be done off site. All volunteers will be listed and thanked in the Encyclopedia.

We hope to begin to involve students in the Encyclopedia Project in the fall semester of 2004 and continue through 2010. Participation is not limited to history students. English, art, journalism, and other disciplines are encouraged to participate as well.

We hope you will agree that the Encyclopedia of Arkansas is not only a valuable resource for our state, but also a wonderful opportunity for college and university students in Arkansas to gain experience and contacts in their fields of study.

For more information, please contact:

Guy Lancaster, Editor
glancaster@encyclopediaofarkansas.net
(501) 320-5753

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