Tag Archives: ENG 122 SP 09

Working Bibliography

Prepare a properly formatted “Works Cited” page with all the sources you are planning to use in your paper. (You may add and/or delete a couple of your sources for your draft, but the majority should be the ones you end up using.) You don’t need to include the usual information for the first page of a paper in MLA format, but your last name should be in the header with the page number, and the document should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font. Don’t forget the 1/2-inch hanging indent for each entry.

Research Journal Assignment #9

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

9a: Writing Thesis Statements–Write three possible thesis statements for your research paper.

9b: Brainstorming Visual AidsBrainstorm a list of at least five different visual aids you could include in your research paper.

9c: Checking Quotations, Paraphrases, and SummariesGo to two of your classmates’ blogs (ENG 1020, ENG 122) and check their quotations, paraphrases, and summaries (Research Journal Assignment 8b).  In comments on those posts, offer suggestions for improving the quotations, paraphrases, and summaries or confirm that they are accurate and appropriate.  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.

Formal Outline

Following the instructions and examples on pages 198-201 in your textbook and on its companion website, create a formal outline for your research paper. The outline should include at least three levels of detail (Roman numbers, capital letters, and Arabic numerals).

Remember that an outline is a plan that can be changed. Right now I want to know what your plan is for your paper, but I realize that when you start writing, you may change your plan.

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.