Here is some help on completing some of the library projects remaining. I'll tidy and tailor suggestions more specifically once I see the current assignment:
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature is a paper resource located in the Index collection (2nd floor, second row of shelves on the left under the low ceiling) at call number Ref. AI3 .R48. Each volume covers a limited time period - generally one year - and lists alphabetically by topic the articles that appeared in certain popular periodicals during that time.
How it is used:
Finding an ad from a popular magazine in the 1950’s:
Finding an Article from a popular magazine from the 1950's and also from more recently
The one popular magazine that we have in one of our databases from the 1950s is Time Magazine. To get to it, do the following:
For more recent material, you could choose to clear the top box and look for more than just TIME magazine, but if you do this, be sure to limit on the left to the format "magazine". Remember to reset the date limiters to a more recent date range.
Third Library Project: Using the American National Biography (ANB) set at call number: Ref. CT213 .A68 1999 for known (but deceased prior to 1996) authors. Also comparing and evaluating website(s) on same.
Forthcoming assignment: Paper #2 and Library Project #4: a rhetorical analysis of a recent piece and its author from a recent issue of the New Yorker. The assignment involves considering 1) the author, 2) the publication (that is, The New Yorker magazine), and 3) the writing.
Finding Biographical Information on a living author:
Finding information on a periodical:
Finding information on a particular work (such as a book, article, or poem):
Second Library Project: "Consult at least 4 sources on how to write a sound argument"
Start by reviewing the "Research Process" in the box immediately below.
1. Two sources can be from the [free] internet
Remember that you want to get GOOD results, not just any results. Always expect that your teacher may ask you to explain and justify WHY you picked that resource. So be sure to try a variety of different searches in your favorite search tool (Google, Duck Duck Go,...) and see how your results change. Try comparing the results in more than one search tool; why might you get different results in different search tools for the same search terms? What does that say about the search tool? How did you decide which pages to use? Learn about techniques for evaluating Google searches and evaluating web sites. Searches you might try:
2. You already posses one source - use it!
2a. By implication of #1 and #2, you will have to find at least one other "edited" source either on our shelves in the library or through one of our library databases
BearCat and Academic Search Complete:
3. Make a list of the common points your sources give for writing sound arguments
4. Compose three guidelines for revising paper 1 based on the research you've done on writing arguments
5. List all sources consulted using MLA format
Help with citing sources can be found at the library page on Citing Sources.
6. Finally, discuss in detail the differences between the topic of an essay and the thesis of an essay
It can be helpful to actually go out and compare some definitions. Our best resources for this are in paper (such as The literacy dictionary : the vocabulary of reading and writing in the Reference section at call number Ref LB1049.98 .L58 1995.) If you choose to do a free web search to help you with this, your best bet is to look for pages from college writing centers. Be sure to cite any outside resources you use in MLA style
1. Topic Analysis
2. Resource Types/Selection of an appropriate search tool
3. Searching a database
4. Evaluating Results. Here's an example of a guide to evaluation of information resources:
5. Physically/Electronically obtaining items