Research: A Play in Three (or Four) Acts

1:00 to 1:50: Orientation to Clark’s library site (50 minutes) and library orientation to databases/search terms/etc.

5:30 to 6:00: Inquiry Question Questions Answered!

6:00 to 6:50: Orientation to Clark’s library site (50 minutes) and library orientation to databases/search terms/etc.

10 minute break

2:00 to 2:50, 7:00 to 7:50: Your visit to the librarian (how to talk to a librarian, how not to talk to a librarian, how to write your blog post on meeting with the librarian).  This will include role play, so please consider being a volunteer. If you are thinking about volunteering, please check out this website to see what your role might entail.

Break

3:00 to 3:50: Living Sources: A Close Read and active application (50 minutes)

8:00-8:20: Living Sources: A Brief Introduction to Finding the Ethnographer Within: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html – What tools does Brown use for her research? What are her sources? What does she seem to do with her sources? How could you use ethnographic research for your project? What other ways of information gathering could supplement your library research? How can you use ethnographic research to “fill in the gaps”? How would becoming a researcher/storyteller enrich your essay?

Overarching Thoughts Before We Plunge In

Danger: Fast Past Recognition

Truth: Learning is RE-Learning

Remember: You are learning the PROCESS of writing a research essay.  The end goal is not the final paper.  The end goal is that you learn the PROCESSES of writing a research essay.  Therefore, as you learn about the library, don’t assume

a) I already know this

b) I don’t need to know this for my immediate topic, so therefore this is not useful to me

Instead, ask yourself, at every moment

a) what do I already know that I might understand more deeply or see in a new way?

b) What gaps might there be that a previous library orientation did not cover and/or I missed (because there is a LOT of information!)

c) What else can I learn to help me in the future that will apply to my future writing?  My life outside of school?

Student Text We Will Ground Ourselves in Today:

Wednesday: Internet Piracy 

Thursday: Internet Piracy

Part I: Roxanne Dimyan, librarian extraordinaire, created a class guide ESPECIALLY for our class.  We will use “internet piracy” as a model for the process.

From the Library Page, hold the mouse over “Find” and scroll down to “Class Guides.”

Scroll down to English 102 and find “Jennifer Whetham English 102”

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One thought on “Research: A Play in Three (or Four) Acts

  1. MEMO to Jen:
    1) What is your plan to move from a working knowledge to a FOCUSED Knowledge?
    2) how close are you to a FOCUSED knowledge? What have you done, so far, to get to a focused knowledge.
    3) Inquiry has changed since Monday and if so . . . what? And if it has not changed at all, WHY NOT?

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