Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with purpose.

Zora Neale Hurston

Announcements

  • Everyone get logged into your computers ASAP and open up a new Word document. In this document, write one sentence that lets readers know what your topic is. Write a brief explanation of your topic -- whatever you know. Think of this explanation as setting the context.
  • Extra Credit Opportunity:*Oct. 17: ‘The Election of 1912 and its Contemporary Significance’ Public Forum: Join the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Humanities Texas for an evening of discussion about the election of 1912 as well as its parallels to subsequent elections and its relevance today. The free public forum will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Participating TAMU-CC scholars include Dr. David Blanke, Dr. Jen Brown, and Dr. Anthony Quiroz. Nick Jimenez, editorial page editor emeritus for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, will serve as moderator.
  • You will have a Research Log Check on Friday! Everyone will need to come to class with one primary source and 4 other sources listed on their research log. This Log Check is worth 10 points in Blackboard!

Forging Ahead in the Land of Research

  • Sample Research Proposal Everyone needs to do some revision work on his/her proposal. Use the the sample here as a mentor text to spark thinking about how you can revise your own document. DO NOT COPY WORDS OR IDEAS FROM THE SAMPLE. RATHER, USE THE DOCUMENT TO SPARK THINKING!
  • Research Resources for Learning Community E
  • Starting on your Source Reviews: !!Source Reviews
    • Working from the sources you put in your research log, you will select three important sources that represent 3 different perspectives for your Source Review Analysis. One of these sources should be your primary source.
    • For each source, you will need to do the following:
    • In a two page, double spaced, typed document, you will review an article or media source which provides a credible, informed perspective on the issue and the research question that you have chosen.

At the top of your page, cite this source using MLA. Basically, you will follow the same conventions for presentation and formatting of an annotated bibliography.

  • Summarize and Find A Quote: Briefly the author's argument and supporting points, in your own words. What is his or her perspective on your topic? Find one sentence to quote that represents a main idea or a particular perspective. Example of a Brief Summary?
  • Analyze the author's argument. What makes it an important, credible source for your research project?
    1. What kinds of evidence are being used in this article to support the thesis or main idea?
    2. Who is the publication's intended audience?
    3. What makes this a credible source for academic research?
  • Synthesize --In what ways does speak to and interact with your other two sources? In other words, if we think of all the sources in your Research Log as being in a conversation with one another, how does this source question, affirm, or contradict your other sources?

Homework

  • You will have a Research Log Check on Friday! Everyone will need to come to class with one primary source and 4 other sources listed on their research log. This Log Check is worth 10 points in Blackboard!
  • You need to start thinking about which sources you are going to use for your source reviews. You should choose sources that represent a distinct angle or perspective based on primary research on your topic. Most likely, the best source type for this is the scholarly article. One of your sources should be your primary source document.

0399 for this Week!

Week Eight