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Research Journal Assignment #6

Learn about RSS Feeds and Aggregators:

Use any or all of the following resources to learn about RSS feeds and aggregators:

Create a Protopage Account:

Register for an account with Protopage. Please make sure that the name of your Protopage includes your first and/or last name, so I can identify it as yours.  When you register, under Page Sharing, please select Public.

Once you’ve registered with Protopage and activated your account, add a tab with the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122).  On this tab, add widgets with the RSS feeds from your blog and your Delicious account.  For help adding the widgets, go to the page in Protopage’s help section titled “Adding widgets to your page” and do A and B for both.

As you find blogs or news sources related to your research topic, add their RSS feeds to this tab.

Feel free to look at my Protopage and to customize your page however you desire–or not.

Post in Your Blog:

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

RJA #6a: 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)

RJA #6b: 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 #4 and post your revisions in your research journal.

RJA #6c: ProtopageCreate a link to your Protopage.

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

Video: “Web 2.0 in D2L – Protopage”

Video:   “Web 2.0 in D2L – Protopage

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I found this video while I was searching for Protopage tutorials.  The Colorado Community College System will be switching from Blackboard to Desire2Learn next semester, so I thought it would be a good idea to keep track of this video.  I found quite a few videos about using web 2.0 applications in D2L using Blinkx, a video search engine.


This semester I’m having my ENG 1020 classes at Metro and my ENG 122 class at Red Rocks use aggregators to track RSS feeds of news and blogs that they find in the process of their research.  I debated between having them use aggregators like Bloglines, which I use, or startpages like PageFlakes.  I decided that my students would probably enjoy setting up a startpage rather than using Bloglines.

I created an account on each of the following startpages and tested them, with the following results and conclusions:

  • mysurfpad.com–I couldn’t find a web address specifically for my page, which eliminated it as a possibilty immediately.  I need to be able to see my students’ pages.
  • Netvibes (my public pages)–I have separate public and private pages, which makes it too complicated.
  • Pageflakes (my public page)–Apparently each page has to be made public individually, which again makes it too complicated.
  • Protopage (my page)–When you sign up, you can designate your page as public or private, which is much easier than either Netvibes or Pageflakes.  It’s also easier to create widgets with RSS feeds.  It seems to have a good help section, but I wish I could find some tutorial videos in English for my students to use.

I’ll definitely be using Protopage for my classes.