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Research Journal Assignment #8

Post two times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

8a: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing–Select a passage of several sentences from an online source related to your topic. Copy and paste the passage into your blog post and create a link to the page where you found it.

  1. Write a paragraph incorporating a short quotation from the passage.  Modify the quotation using an ellipsis and brackets.
  2. Paraphrase the passage. Check your paraphrase carefully to make sure that it is accurate and appropriate.
  3. Summarize the passage. Check your summary carefully to make sure that it is accurate and appropriate.

8b: Checking EvaluationsGo to two of your classmates’ blogs (ENG 1020, ENG 122) and check their evaluations of websites (Research Journal Assignment 7b).  In comments on those posts, offer suggestions for improving their evaluations or confirm that the evaluations are complete and accurate.  In your own blog, post the web addresses of the pages where you commented.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (“Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

Please make sure that you have turned off word verification for your blog.  You will find instructions on how to do so at the end of the original Research Journal assignment.

Internet Research Project, Second Week

Write a review of the  search engine or a metacrawler you were assigned and post it on the College Research wiki.  Assignments are posted in the class wiki (ENG 1020 (Metro), ENG 122 (Red Rocks)).

To complete the project, you will need to join the College Research wiki. (I’d recommend bookmarking the site.) Please create a username that is clearly yours. You’ll need to choose a password and provide your e-mail address, which I would recommend not displaying, and your first and last names, which are not displayed. You don’t need to complete the profile.

To write your review, click on the Easy Edit button at the top of the page and use the formatting functions as you would in a word processing program. You don’t have to insert tables, images, or widgets, so don’t worry about those functions if you’re not comfortable with them.

The only things on the review page that should be deleted are the instructions in square brackets.  You will replace those instructions with the actual information indicated.

If you need help, refer to

Use the evaluation criteria discussed in class to help determine the grade you give your search engine or metacrawler.

Please don’t make changes to any pages except the one created for your review. (I’ll put the grades in the tables listing the search engines and metacrawlers.) If you do make a mistake or delete something you didn’t want to, it can be restored, so don’t worry.

Research Journal Assignment #7

Post two times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

7a: Conducting Internet Research–Using keywords and operators supported by the tools you choose, use various types of internet research tools to find web-based sources related to your topic. Be sure you use at least one search engine, one metacrawler, one directory, and one other search tool. Bookmark any relevant sites and useful research tools in your Delicious account, and record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched or tool used
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

7b: Evaluating Sources–Select three of the sources you’ve found on your topic: one book, one periodical article, and one website. Following the guidelines in Chapter 5 of The Bedford Researcher and in the “Evaluating Online Sources” tutorial, evaluate these three sources. Post your evaluations in your blog.  Be sure you include bibliographic information for all three sources, including a web address or link for the website.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (“Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

In addition, please “ping” Technorati again.  Copy (Ctrl-C) the web address of your blog and paste (Ctrl-V) it in the URL box on the Technorati: Ping page.  Then click on the “Ping!” button.

Research Journal Assignment #6

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

6a: Using Internet Search ToolsWrite a paragraph or more discussing what search engines or other internet search tools you regularly use to do internet research, why you use those particular tools, and what you like and dislike about them. Please include links to the tools you discuss. You might also want to bookmark them in your Delicious account so you can find them easily in the future.

6b: Testing Assigned Search ToolUsing search strings incorporating operators supported by your assigned search engine or metacrawler (ENG 1020, ENG 122), test it by searching for websites on your research topic. Bookmark any relevant sites in your Delicious account, and record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

6c: Planning Field ResearchWrite a paragraph or more explaining what you are planning to do for your field research. If you will be interviewing someone or conducting a survey, include a list of questions you might ask. If you will be visiting a museum or other location, list what you information will be looking for. Include when you plan to complete your field research. If you are interviewing someone and concerned about his or her privacy, do not include his or her name.

If you need to, continue searching for reference works, books, and periodical articles on your topic. Please follow the instructions in Research Journal Assignments #4 and #5 for what information you should record in your research journal about the items you find and the searches you conduct.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

Internet Research Project, First Week

For this project, you will be evaluating and reviewing a search engine or a metacrawler (a search engine that searches other search engines rather than its own database).

Here is the schedule for the project:

First Week: You have been assigned a search engine or metacrawler for your project.  Assignments are posted in the class wiki (ENG 1020 (Metro), ENG 122 (Red Rocks)).

In discussion in class, we will determine what criteria you should use to evaluate your search tool. (Final criteria will be listed on the  College Research wiki.) You will spend time exploring the search tool you were assigned.

If necessary, review the column headings (click on each one for a description) on the Search Engine Features Chart at Search Engine Showdown.

Second Week: You will write a review of the search engine or metacrawler you were assigned and post it on the College Research wiki.  You will receive instructions on how to do so at the beginning of the second week of the project.  If you start writing your review before then, please do it in a word processing program. You may cut and paste the information into the wiki page next week.

Anyone who successfully completes his or her review may be eligible to do an additional one  for extra credit.

Internet Research Presentation

Internet Research Presentation

Research Journal Assignment #5

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

5a: Finding Periodical Articles–Using databases from your college or public library or the web, search for periodical articles on your research topic.  Keep electronic copies of the articles you want to read. Some databases, like EBSCO, allow you to e-mail copies of the articles to yourself. Of course, you may also print them out to read.  Also browse the periodical section of the college and local public libraries. If you can’t check out the issues of the periodical, you will probably want to photocopy any useful articles you find.

Record the following information for each periodical article you find that you want to use:

  • Name(s) of author(s)
  • Title of article
  • Title of periodical
  • Volume and issue number (if available)
  • Date
  • Pages on which article appears

If you identify any electronic articles that would be useful, you also need to record the database or website where you accessed it, the library from which database was accessed (if applicable), the date you accessed it, and the web address for the subscription database or the article itself.

In addition, record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

5b: Finding More Reference Articles and Books–Continue searching for reference articles and books related to your research topic.  Follow the instructions in Research Journal Assignment #4 for what information to record in your research journal.

5c: Rewriting Search Strings–Based on the comments you received last week and the instructions and reminders here, revise the search strings you wrote for Research Journal Assignment #3 and post your revisions in your research journal.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

Research Journal Assignment #4

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

4a: Finding Reference Articles–Use the reference works listed here and any others you know of to find articles and definitions related to your research topic.  In your research journal, record where you looked and what kind of information you found.  Bookmark sites you may want to use in your Delicious account.

For each relevant article that you find in a printed reference work and might use, record the following information:

  • Name(s) of author(s) of the article
  • Title of the article
  • Title of reference work
  • Place of publication (include state if needed)
  • Name of publisher
  • Date of publication
  • Page number(s)

For an online reference work, you will also need the web address and the date you accessed the article.

In addition, record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

4b: Finding Books–Using any of the libraries listed here, identify books on or related to your topic (You may need to broaden your search some.) You may request books from other libraries through Prospector using your county library card number. You may also use your local public library, which you can search through the Colorado Virtual Library, or any bookstore. Once you have identified books that you want to read, go ahead and check them out, put them on hold, or purchase them. (The last option is entirely up to you.)

If you have trouble with your research, in addition to the librarians at your college and county libraries, you may use one of the ask-a-librarian services listed on the same page as the libraries.

In your research journal (blog), record the following information for each book you find that you want to use:

  • Name(s) of author(s), editor(s), translator(s), and/or compiler(s)
  • Title and subtitle of the book
  • Edition number or information
  • Number(s) of volume used
  • Name of series
  • Place of publication (include state if needed)
  • Name of publisher
  • Date of publication (copyright)

If you identify any electronic books that would be useful, you also need to record the web address, the site where you accessed it, and the date you accessed it.

In addition, record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

If you do request assistance from a librarian, either in person or online, please record the incident in your research journal.

4c:  Checking Search StringsGo to two of your classmates’ blogs (ENG 1020, ENG 122) and check their search strings (Research Journal Assignment #3b).  In a comment on that post, offer suggestions for improving their search strings or confirm that they are correct.  In your own blog, post the web addresses of the pages where you commented.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

Research Journal Assignment #3

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

3a: Generating Keywords–Using the methods presented in “Internet Search Tips and Strategies” and “Use My Research Question To Generate Search Terms” and the resources here, generate a list of keywords and a ladder of generalization for your research topic.  In your research journal, post the list of keywords you’ve generated, clustering synonymous or related terms together, and the ladder of generalization you’ve created. Bookmark any of the websites you used that you might want to reference again and tag them appropriately.

3b: Writing Search Strings–As needed, use the resources here to review or learn how to write search strings using search engine math and Boolean operators.  Write at least two or three of each type of search string (search engine math and Boolean) with the keywords you generated this week. Use as many of the keywords as possible.  The more you use, the better your results will be.  Post the search strings you wrote in your research journal.

3c: Brainstorming Field Research Options–Brainstorm five field research options for your research project this semester. (Remember that one of the sources for your research paper needs to be from your own field research.) In addition to the options listed in Chapter 11 of the textbook (interviews, observation, surveys, public events), you may visit a museum or visitors’ center, or attend a performance of some type. An interview may be conducted in person, on the telephone, via e-mail, or in a chat room. (Please note that you will need the person’s full real name for your research paper). Movies, television and radio shows, and video or audio recordings are acceptable sources of information for your paper; however, they are not acceptable as field research for this class. Be as specific as possible in your list of options; for example, instead of listing “interview,” indicate the type of person and his or her credentials if you don’t know a name.

    Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

    Research Journal Assignment #2

    Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

    2a: Exploring My Topic–Using what you learned in Chapter 2a, explore your topic. (At this point, you won’t be doing in-depth research about your topic. You are just conducting an initial exploration.)  Keep track of your initial exploration in your research journal (i.e., your blog). Record where you searched and summarize what you found. Don’t forget to bookmark and tag the websites you find, too.

    2b: Narrowing My Topic–Using what you learned in Chapter 2b, write a paragraph discussing whether you need to narrow or broaden your research topic and how you might do so.

    2c: Developing My Research Question–Using what you learned in Chapter 3 and the handout titled “Develop and Refine Your Research Question” (.rtf, .doc, .pdf) on the companion website for The Bedford Researcher, develop and refine your research question.  In your research journal, record all the questions you create using the handout.

      Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

      In addition, please “ping” Technorati.  Copy (Ctrl-C) the web address of your blog and paste (Ctrl-V) it in the URL box on the Technorati: Ping page.  Then click on the “Ping!” button.