A few examples of process documentation is conducted through a wide variety of blogging, including videos and music, documenting a journey for a long or short length of time. The example I chose, is one that I have been familiar with and have fully supported for a while now, it’s a non-profit organization website called The Uncultured Project (http://uncultured.com), a project created by a Notre Dam grad student who withdrew from grad school after an inspirational ceremony with speeches held by different scholars–focusing on global poverty. Among these scholars, economist Jeffrey Sachs, author of The End of Poverty was responsible for his unexpected, uncultured journey. This young man used his xbox 360 and halo savings and just WENT, to help victims in a third world country whom are fighting everyday to survive the quick sand of poverty. In the uncultured website he shares and documents his daily activities with photos of the project’s progression, struggles, difficulties, thoughts and ideas about other organizations. In his recent process documentation he discusses the struggles with his own financial expenses (since he doesn’t use donations) while intertwining them with other charity’s and competition.
Today we spent part of the class peer reviewing the research paper drafts, and part working on citations.
A few citation guidelines:
1. When in doubt, CITE!
2. Most important parts of a citation:
If it’s an article:
– Journal/magazine/newspaper title
(Badke, p. 156)
3. Remember, you are citing your sources to document your research process. Anyone interested in reading your original sources must be able to find them, so be sure to include enough information so someone can find your original sources from your citations.
Well this will be my first research paper so im trying to find the simplest way on writing it. Im try to read all over my sources and come up with my own answer to my research question. Im going to put some of my sources in my paper to help support my opinions for the question. I have never done a research paper so im kind of nervous on how to begin and what information should be put into the paper and what should be left out. Im going to search the internet and look at other research papers to get an idea on how to begin. One question i have is it a good way to start the paper with my question as the first sentence?
Well this weekend I started searching with google scholar. Scholar is very useful it gave me many PDF articles to look at for my research question. Google books was also helpful, it showed many books for files haring which is part of my research question. Besides google, I liked using yahoo because of yahoo answers. A lot of people ask similar questions like my research question and when others answer their question they add links supporting their answers which is very helpful. But I think the library database was the most useful since they’re so many articles and books relating to my topic. Some problems I came across was finding websites relevant to my question. If I wasn’t specific with my searches I wouldn’t have found some useful information.
With information being such an abundant thing I feel that people should have as much access to knowledge as possible. I don’t think the idea if popularization is a bad thing. Most fields these days because of the internet are not mysterious. People have a lot of access to pretty much anything they want if they search hard enough. You still have to make sure that the information is credible but if your looking into something like say cancer studies, there is lots of very good information on the web. Everything is done with computers today. Almost everyone has access to one. Even little children can use the net to learn something. There is over 6.5 billion people on this planet. I would love to hear what most of them have to offer. Knowledge is most certainly infinite. The internet is just an amazing new tool for spreading knowledge. Most things should not be kept secret.
The true meaning to research has changed in the course of several years just like our vitamins. Present day research focus on specifics. Referring back to the vitamins, vitamins now come in variety of categories, calcium to strengthen your bones, iron for anemia, fish oil for healthy skin and joint strength, and of course we have the traditional women/men a day multivitamin. Each category of vitamins has been verified by a “specialist”. Just like that-research has begun to focus only into specific topics and subjects of a broader field.
In the reading The politics of research an excerpt from chapter 7 author Brian Martin, it comes to the conclusion that research has two major influences to producing knowledge, #1 funding and #2 disciplines. But the further question is what exactly is knowledge? “The word knowledge suggests certainty, authorativeness, and usefulness.” (p124). Knowledge is never steady, it changes, examples listed “mechanics of evolution or the development of countients”. Although knowledge is a key tool in today’s society, much is being ignored. Funding is an essential part of research and when a specific field is not being funded enough the new knowledge will never exist. For example: NASA has been faced with a huge budget cut back in February. If NASA continues to get little funding, countries like Russia will advance in making new astronomic discoveries.
I found Martins ideals of What can be done most intriguing, because I couldn’t have agreed more. I strongly agree on critical teaching. Critical teaching exercises our brains to think outside of the box and allows to become more creative individuals.
At times learning how to read for research is something I find complicated because I can’t determine what information is more important than the other. Chapter eight addressed this problem with solutions and introduced different techniques, of learning how to read for research. A technique I found quite interesting is-being “ruthless”- going straight to what you’re looking for and eliminating extraneous information. In books this can easily be done by looking at the title. And by looking at the subtitle we can determine the books main focus. The preface and forward is a preview to the reader-on what the author will discuss in the upcoming chapters. The table of contents and index is where you evaluate and examine what you need and what to omit. Chapter eight also suggests to ask constant questions about the book such as “How does this author’s beliefs compare or contrast with other things you’ve been reading?”(pg140). A question I always ask myself is “is the information 100% accurate?” This is very important because sometimes even the most reliable sources seem to make mistakes. For example, my brother’s high school history textbook (we would define this as a scholarly text, the information in this textbook has been “supposedly” verified by 100 professionals in the field of history) labeled two prime minister’s names wrong (they were switched). Now imagine thousands of students in America being educated through this same textbook. In the bigger picture, its always good to find more then one reliable source for accuracy.
Another helpful technique everyone should be practicing is note-taking. Note-taking can be difficult, especially when the lecturer or pages of an encyclopedia seem to go on forever. But it’s actually quite easy. One way to ace this is to create a simple outline and to make sure you answer your research question.
My question: How do we research information through encyclopedias, do we follow the same format as we would for a book?