Announcements and Looking Ahead to Our Week after Spring Break!

  • Please take some time to think about President Quintanilla's message on Tuesday!
    • Getting a college degree is a huge accomplishment.
    • It takes time, money, hard work, and determination.
    • The university and its faculty and staff are committed to your success.
    • Make use of the resources available to you to ensure your success.
    • Know that right now is a vulnerable time in your college career. So, hold on and dig in!

Things To Do For Today

Research Steps

  • Step 1 -- Preliminary Research
    • Your Goal is to gain a basic understanding of your topic!'
    • Look at a variety of sources. Look at multiple sources.
      • Wikipedia
      • Credo Reference
      • History Websites
      • YouTube videos and documentaries
      • Be able to answer the basic reporter's questions about your topic: who, what, where, when, why, and how.
      • Write stuff down. Ask questions. Use the questions to guide your research.
      • Keep Narrowing down and refining your topic to find a particular line of thinking or angle you want to pursue! (This is your argument)
  • Step 2 -- Focused Research
    • Your Goal is to develop your argument by continuing with more in-depth research
    • Look at a variety of sources. Look at multiple sources. But this time around they need to be higher quality academic sources from scholarly journals, historic websites, and books.
    • Use research questions to guide your research.
    • Develop your ideas around key ideas that can be supported with evidence from your primary and secondary sources.
    • Write stuff down! Play with the ideas.
    • Begin a transitioning from information gathering (research) to composing. This means identifying your argument and its main points and evidence. This means start thinking about how you are going to present this information to an audience!
  • Information Literacy
  • Let's read the section entitled "Scholarship as a Conversation" and use this information to think about multiple perspectives.
  • In-class Writing