Project #22438 - Paper

Writing 250

Mrs. Karla Lyles

Spring 2014

 

Assignment #1: Exploratory Essay

 

Purpose: To build an introductory understanding of research and writing in the student’s

discipline.

Audience: A fellow student who is a beginning researcher and who would like to learn about

the research and writing in the student’s discipline.

 

Learning Objectives: To learn how to:

 

1. Locate academic and/or professional (with prior instructor permission) journals in the

student’s discipline;

2. Identify current research topics of interest and importance in the student’s discipline as

well as outside of it to the general public;

3. Read an academic or professional journal article published in the student’s discipline to

understand how academics/professionals communicate with each other;

4. Practice summary of sources; and

5. Use APA citation style to document sources.

Process:

1. Compile a list of at least 5 academic (and/or professional, with prior instructor

permission) journals published in your discipline. During our library information session

the librarian will instruct you on search strategies you can use to learn about journals

published in your discipline.

2. Determine the significance of the journal to the discipline. For example, learn the impact

factor (we will discuss what this is during our library session) of each journal (*you may

not be able to find the impact factor for all of the journals you select, but you should be

able to find it for most academic journals); the history of each journal (how long it has

been published, its status as a foundational or premier journal, etc.); the credentials of

those associated with the journal (the editorial board, organization that publishes the

journal, etc.); etc.

3. For this next step choose one of the following two options:

a. Search a library database such as Newspaper Source or a website such as Google

News for the title of one of the journals you found. Your goal here is to see

whether you can locate at least one news article that references the journal.

b. Access the most recent issues of the journals you found and skim through the

article titles to learn what the current topics are that the journals are publishing on.

Search a library database such as Newspaper Source or a website such as Google

News for the topic of one of the journal articles you found. Your goal here is to

see whether you can locate at least one news article that focuses on the same topic

that was the topic of research published in a journal.

4. Select and read a popular article from the results of your search in Step 3.

5. Now, select an academic or professional (with prior instruction permission) journal

article about the same or a similar topic. If you chose option b for Step 3 then you could

Writing 250

 

Mrs. Karla Lyles

Spring 2014

use the same journal article whose topic you used to find a popular article. Read that

article.

 

6. Draft your paper, narrating the steps you took in your research process as well as

summarizing what you learned from the news and academic/professional journal articles

you selected. Also discuss your initial thoughts on the research topics in your discipline

that you learned about from completing this assignment, including your (dis)interest in

continuing to learn about those or related topics.

7. Revise and edit your draft for peer review.

8. Revise and edit your rough draft based on the peer feedback you received.

9. Submit a polished final draft of your paper as a hard copy in class on the due date.

Format: This assignment should be 2-4 double spaced pages using 12 point Times New Roman

font and standard margins. Follow APA style for in-text citations and your References page.

Also include a title page, which does not count toward the required page limit. An abstract page

is not required for this assignment, and if included it will not count toward the required page

limit.

Assessment: This assignment will count for 10% of the student’s final course grade.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/10/2014 12:00 am
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