Subject Discussion

  • Let's begin by getting on the same page about subjects and topics.
    • On Friday, we discussed the difference between the two, and so you should have some topic ideas in mind.
    • Let's list some of your ideas so far and decide, as a class, where on the Topic Narrowing chart they would fall.
  • Once we're all on the same page, you should choose the three topics that fit best for your next step!

Subjects and Topics

  • Start a new freewrite page for today. We'll be doing something a bit different with it!
  • You should have some topics in mind, based on the subjects you're interested in.
    • Let's begin by writing your topics in the form of questions.
    • Take each topic idea (and any more you might have as we work on this) and write it as though you were interviewing someone about it.
    • For example, if one of my topics is video games, I might ask the question, "How many different software companies are there?" or "Are video games considered addictive?" or "Are there any fun educational video games?", based on what I want to know more about.
    • Try to think of as many questions as you can about each topic you've identified so far and write them into your freewrite link for today.
    • We'll work on this for at least 15 minutes and I'll come around to help out as you work on it.


  • The next step is testing your chosen topics!
  • Using the library resources to your advantage:
    • Combine key words from your topic idea and your question to search the library catalog for ideas
    • For example, my first search terms might be "software companies" AND "video games"
  • Let's talk about how effective your key words are so far!
    • For example, if I'm not finding enough information, I might try "software" AND "games" instead.
    • The catalog has a neat way of suggesting alternatives for the words you use, but you can use the thesaurus to find alternatives for your key words, too.
    • Write down, on your wikipage from today, the all the key words that you use and comment about those that give you the best results! Make sure you include notes about which ones you tried together, as well as which ones applied best to what you were looking for!
  • Once you've explored your ideas in the catalog, you can test your keywords in the databases!
  • Exploit the bibliographies!
    • Once you've found some interesting article(s), go through their bibliographical listings and try to locate some of their resources!
    • I'll be coming around to help you do this!


  • You'll need to create an MLA citation for a journal article that represents your ultimate topic choice and turn it in to me for homework.
    • Use the OWL link in my sidebar to format this correctly!
    • Let's discuss what needs to be in it!
  • You will need to email this citation to me before Friday's class in order to get credit for it.
    • If it is not cited correctly, I will let you know and you must fix it to get credit (so do this early, if you're not sure about it)!
    • You might be able to complete this in class, if we have time and you have a successful time searching, but remember that we'll be locking down topics based on the feedback I give you from your citation, so choose carefully!


  • Links to RAs in dropbox
  • Compinar Wednesday
  • Charlotte Temple Projects due tomorrow!
    • Turn it in physically or make a link in the dropbox!