Getting started on your research
- A topic on humans and technology that you can take a position on
- Exploratory paper defining and describing your major paper
- Minimum of SIX scholarly sources (located through the CSUSM library databases or book resources)
- Annotated Bibliography
- 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.
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:
- Social Issue
- Family/social interaction
- Medical technologies
Based on what you know, 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 though of before.
Last Update: October 16, 2014 15:49