Writing Project 2 - Research and Information Literacy


Brief Overview

For this project, you will choose a topic from American History (pre-Reconstruction) to study and research, focusing on at least one primary source document. Your research goal for this project is to come to some sort of understanding of how the ideals of liberty, equality, and order influenced and shaped the events, situations, and people associated with your topic. You will use the information and thinking you have gathered during this research process as springboard to initiate the writing process for Writing Project 3!

Tip from Dr. Wooster: just as writing the Critical Analysis helped you with Exam 1, you can use this research and writing to help you on subsequent history exams. Because of that, you'd be wise to choose a topic from post-revolutionary America. Here's a LIST OF POSSIBLE TOPICS, courtesy of Prof. Marquez.

This unit is designed to give you practice and experience with the following:

  • working with research processes at the college-level with the aid of the ACRL�s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education;
  • employing rhetorical principles to evaluate, analyze, and select multiple sources; and
  • using reflection to foster learning.
    As you conduct your research online and at the Library, you will create a series of documents that chronicle your research and the development of your thinking on your topic:
  • Research Proposal for WP2: Due Date: Bring hard copy to class on Wednesday, October 12th.
  • Focused Research and Inquiry Due Date: Bring hard copy to class on Monday, October 17th.
  • Research Reflection Due Date: Bring an electronic copy to class on October 19 for peer review'''
  • Final Research Portfolio: Submit REVISED VERSIONS of all the required elements listed above in a portfolio in Black Board. The final Research Portfolio is due on Friday, October 21.