March 24, 2010 Archives
Your goal for this assignment is to demonstrate that you can
- evaluate the sources you find online
- locate and analyze an academic article that you find though the Reeves webs site.
Quick overview: I'm asking you to name a research topic, find and briefly analyze two online sources, find and analyze in greater depth one academic article, and supply a complete Works Cited list for those three sources.
Details in a bit... but first, a brief...
· Textbooks are written for beginners.
· Academic articles serve a different purpose.
· The length, depth, vocabulary, and organization/format of an academic article are all part of what makes the article valuable to experts. (Putting the needs of beginners first would damage the authority of the source.)
Like Papers 1 and 2, the Research Paper (Paper 3) asks you to take and defend a position that is:
- debatable (not obvious)
- evaluative (not summative)
- analytical (not normative)
- about the readings (not about the general topic of the readings).
- Identify a research topic. ("Gender" is too broad. "Gender in the workplace," "Gender in the factory workplace" and "Gender in the U.S. auto industry" are progressively more precise.) Write your topic on a cover page.
- Conduct an internet search for your topic, using any method you wish.
- Print out two good sources for a research paper on your chosen topic.
- Identify the author, date, and publisher of each source. (Circle or highlight this information in the printout.)
- On the printout, write down reasons why you feel this source is
- What is the purpose of the site? (How do you know?)
- Can you trust this site? (Can you trust what a posting on the "Mushroom Hater's Forum" has to say about mushrooms? What about a government document that reports statistics on mushroom harvests? What about a magazine article that describes a new treatment for a mushroom disease?)
- Conduct a library database search for your chosen topic, using the steps we went over in class Monday. (At the bottom of this page I've posted a review.)
- Find one, recent, academic article, and print out the full text.
- all the information I ask for in the next few steps, there's a good chance that the article you've found is not an academic article. It might be an interview, a personal essay, a book review, or almost anything else.
- Draw a box around the author's thesis.
- Underline the main idea of each paragraph.
- In the body of the paper, locate, circle, and number the first five citations. (For example, if the author cites Haydar, Morgan, a US Census report, a Lady Gaga video, and Kilbourne, circle each reference and number them one through five.)
- In the Works Cited or References section, locate, circle, and number the matching bibliographical entries (that is, find where the author has listed the full information for Haydar's source, and write a "1" in the margin, and do the same for each of the other sources).
- evidence that the author uses to support his or her thesis.
- On your cover page, provide an MLA-style Works Cited list for the three sources. Reminder: See this full sample MLA style Works Cited page, and details on citing electronic sources in MLA style.
Steps for Finding a Peer Reviewed Article