If you would like to request library instruction or need research help, contact Robin Vickery.
Activity 1: Welcome to the UA Libraries!
Your first activity will be to complete a library orientation game to get familiar with the Main Library and the services that are available to you as students. Get in groups of 2-3 and check out a tablet from the library at the first floor help desk, or use your own tablet or smartphone to play. Come into the Main Library anytime it is open to complete the activity. Results will be shared with your instructors.
Watch the video below to learn about how engaging in research is like entering a new conversation. After you've watched the video, answer the following questions thoughtfully and turn in a copy to your instructor via the D2L page.
What types of conversations do you already participate in, and might already be an expert in? These conversations may or may not be related to formal research, and could be tied to your hobbies, interests, or experiences when talking to your friends or engaging with others online.
What types of conversations are you entering into by taking this course?
What will you need to do differently when entering into a conversation that you’re new to, especially in an academic context, where you are engaging in research at the University of Arizona?
After you have finished the map, click "Print" when it pops up in the orange box, then change the printer destination to "Print as PDF" and save the file to your flash drive or the desktop. Then, have one person in your group upload the PDF to the D2L dropbox to turn in this assignment. Note all group member names in the dropbox comment field.
Next, watch the video below.
Finally, work individually to complete the Planning Your Research Topic exercise. This will help you develop a focused topic for your own research within your group's overall panel topic. Once you have completed the exercise, upload it to the D2L dropbox.
Read this article about student thoughts on plagiarism. Answer the following questions and turn in a copy to your instructor via the D2L dropbox:
• Were you surprised by how many students were not clear on plagiarism? Why or why not?
• What are the benefits of citing your sources?
• How can using citations improve the “conversation” of research? And in contrast, how can not using citations or not crediting your sources harm the “conversation of research?”
Directions for your own citations in this course:
Certain disciplines use specific citation styles, for this course you will use APA format. You will need to learn APA style and use it in your projects as you progress through this class, and it is important for you to know:
what it means to cite
when to cite your sources
you can write and make bigger connections between what you have read through research and your own thoughts
Here is a resource for you when creating your list of references for this class, and here is an example using one author.
[last name, author's first and second initial], [year published], [title in italics], [publication location:publishing company]
example: Jump, P. (2015).Quotation marks not compulsory: Hundreds fail to spot plagiarism, The Times Higher Education Supplement:THE
When citing within your paper for a quote or paraphrase, either mention the author's last name like "According to Jump, ...", or note the author in parentheses at the end of your sentence like "... (Jump)."