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.

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