Getting started on your research
- An aspect of human culture affected by technology that you can take a position on
- Exploratory paper defining and describing your major paper
- Annotated bibliography with a minimum of SIX scholarly sources (located through the CSUSM library databases or book resources)
- Additional reliable/reputable sources (these may also be accessed through the CSUSM library databases)
- MLA citation and paper format
While you may know quite a bit about the topic you choose, in order to write a college-level research paper, you need to support your analysis and argument with scholarly research by others. This is where research comes in. The pages for this course guide are to help you locate the scholarly and review publications you need to include in your paper, with tools for the proper MLA citation.
Before searching, strategize what you need! The Essay #2 prompt calls for a minimum of 6 sources. Since you need to write at least 10 pages, more resources than the minimum will be useful.
Think about a digital technology that interests you most or that you use a great deal. You may find the Pew Research Center website will provide some ideas as this independent think tank conducts many studies on technology and American life.
Then think about how it enables an aspect of your life or how it may dis-able you or others. It may fall into one of these 'big ideas', and will require further focusing:
- Family/social interaction
- Medical technologies
Based on what you know about the topic you have selected, write down a set of keywords to use in starting your searches for books and articles. Those keywords can be used in place of the examples given in the other pages of this guide. As you work, continue to note new related terms that you see and write down questions that arise and comments that you have. You may not use everything in your final work, but save yourself trying to recall what you thought of before.
Last Update: January 21, 2015 08:51