Project #32831 - Complete your research

As you work on finalizing your Exploratory Research Log and Paper, please review these important points: 

1. This assignment is essentially to tell the story of your research efforts. Therefore, everything that happens as a result of your research is applicable. That means that if you check out a source and it turns out not to be helpful, that source still goes into your Research log. (You can just make a note that the source was not helpful because. . . . [it was irrelevant, it repeated what you already knew, etc.].) It is not necessary to comment in your paper on every source consulted, but you should include sources that contained surprising or controversial information and/or had a significant impact on the course of the investigation or your thinking process. 

2. You must tell the story in chronological order. That means that you must resist the temptation to organize your information in any other order. This is sometimes difficult because most research writing is not done this way. Most research writing starts with your thesis statement and is organized in whatever way most strongly supports your thesis. However, the need to tell your story in chronological order does not mean that you cannot refer to an earlier source; after all, how would you be able to compare or contrast information otherwise?

It's very important, though, to keep the timeline straight. Recall how Gardiner did this in his essay "After learning more. . . . I wanted to address something that had caught me off guard earlier in my research. . . ." (paragraph 10).

When you make the timeline clear in this way, it demonstrates that you are still telling your story in chronological order. (And by the way, in this assignment it is all right to use first person [I, me, my].)

A clear timeline is also why the Research log is crucial. It will be used to determine if your paper is, in fact, in chronological order. Be sure your Research log is dated! 

3. As you realize now from reading the student essay in the book, there are phrases and sentences that allow the reader to see the writer's mind at work, engaging in the dialectic process. One way is to include the question/s you are trying to answer. Gardiner wrote "What kinds of photographs did they actually put online? How did the whole profile contribute to the way they communicated?" (paragraph 6).

Another (and a required) way is to show the contrast between your previous point of view and your current point of view after acquiring some new information. Gardiner wrote "What I find interesting is that she particularly seems to like some of the. . . dangerous aspects of OSNs. . . ." (paragraph 7) and then later he said "After considering the views of Boyd and Stutzman, I felt I understood. . . ." (paragraph 8).

A third way to show the dialectic process is to state what you did next and why you made that choice. Gardiner wrote "I would be hesitant to put much personal information on a profile. . . . I thought it would be a good idea to examine next how extensively these people disclosed personal information" (paragraph 5).

4. Be sure that you write a conclusion for your paper. Do not just end it with your last source. Your conclusion should sum up your thinking on your topic at this point, after having taken this journey of exploration. You do not have to choose a side or take a position. A perfectly legitimate conclusion might just state that you have more questions now than you did when you started.

**Please see attached documents Specially Exploratory research log and paper PDF

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Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 06/12/2014 06:00 pm
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