Watch the video below (certain sections of ENG 101 might have already watched this as part of an activity, so just refresh your memory if that's the case); and complete the Research Conversation exercise below. By completing these activities, you will have your topic selected and have located a few resources to use by the end of the third week of the assignment.
To get started on the exercise:
Complete the Academic Search Ultimate Tutorial to get familiar with at least one database to start searching. Students struggle with these interfaces at times, but once you get the hang of it, many databases have similar features and you’ll be able to move more seamlessly between them.
Open the resources tab on this course guide so that you will have all the tools you need.
Complete this activity to try evaluating a source together as a class or in groups. Getting practice in determining what range of quality a source has will help make your searching easier when you start researching your own topic.
*Please use this link instead of the one on the worksheet: http://familyinamerica.org/journals/winter-2013/feminism-through-life-cycle/#.XJPHt7h7m70
Open the document and answer the questions in class or on your own.
Directions for your own citations in this course:
Ask your instructor which citation style you will be using.
You can also consult the OWL at Purdue for guidance on formatting.
Along with following a format for this course, you should understand that there are different citation styles to follow in different disciplines. You will need to learn a style and use it in your projects as you progress through your education. Keep these ideas in mind when using citations:
Think about how citations allow you to make bigger connections between what you have learned through research and your own ideas as you write.
Complete the Accidental plagiarismtutorial to learn when, why, and how to cite your sources in your papers.
Look for additional resources
Locate additional resources and to continue drafting your paper.
The resources tab on this course guide contains links to a number of databases and directions on how to use them.