AW Fall 2013: Lesson 2
In today’s class, we learned about different types of sources and how to choose your sources for your research paper.
Types of Sources:
We also talked about the different sources that you can use in your research essay. These can include reference books, periodicals (journals, newspapers, magazines), video/audio recordings, government publications, interviews, and many others.
We also narrowed down your topic choices. Remember that your topic should be specific and not too general. To help you narrow down your topic choice, it should include one of these phrases:
a. effects of ...
b. themes in ...
c. reasons for ...
d. benefits of ...
e. disadvantages of ...
f. differences between ... and ....
Library and Database Activities:
We also reviewed the guidelines for your Pair Library and Database Activity. This is very important because it help you become familiar with the resources in the Aogaku library.
For the library activity, you will have to go to the Aogaku library to complete it. You will also need to learn how to use the databases in the library (or from your own computer). The activities are include at the end of the blog post, as well as instructions for using the Aogaku databases.
Lateness, Absences and Missed Deadlines:
Let me remind you of our course policies, which are outlined in our syllabus.
Attention: Naoki, please send me a new email address so that I can contact you. I cannot send email to your cell phone address. My emails get returned to me.
Akinori and Shuhei, please send me your email contact information so that I can send you notices about our course.
Blog Question #2:
Tell me about your experience completing the library and database activities (e.g. When did you do them? Did you need help? Were the activities difficult? Were they useful activities? Do you think you can find sources for your research paper now?)
Please read this question carefully. You need to tell me about your experience with the Academic Writing library activity (NOT experience from another class)!
10/7/2013 01:40:21 am
I did it with my partner on last friday, because we had free time then. First, we could find where newspapers were and search each category's title easily, but we could not get out the JSTOR Database, so we asked a lirarian how to use that database. She told us and then, we were able to understand the use of it. I thought this activity was useful, because we should know how we use a library effectively during university students.
10/7/2013 02:48:04 pm
My partner and I separated the homework, and I did the database part. I thought it was an easy one, but as I typed the keywords, I found out that there were so many data there that it took more than an hour to finish all. Besides using the search engine, I had to use F3 key to narrow down the objective. I did it at home so I did not have help from the librarians. Although it took quite a long time, it turned to be a fun activity, so I thank you Nicole. Concerning the sources for my research paper, I think I can manage to find at least 7 sources so far. Since the sources for The Beatles seems to be thousands, it would be rather hard for me to pick up the best ones from them. Hopefully we will study about that too.
10/7/2013 05:17:03 pm
On last Friday, I did library and database activities. I did "Book Section," and we shared database part.
10/7/2013 09:52:30 pm
It was difficult for me to do this homework because I wasn't used to use database site like JSTOR Database. When I got a question about how to use this site, my partner explained it to me kindly. It took us a long time to complete this hard work. We asked librarian a lot when we faced some difficulties, and she gave us much information to us. What I learned in this activity was that nothing is more important for people than asking someone's advice when you have a question about something. I think I can find many good resources for my research paper because I learned a lot in this activity. If I faced some difficulties, all I have to do is to ask my partner or librarian. I think this activity was difficult, but I got much confidence for anything!!
10/8/2013 12:07:42 am
I and my partner shared our homework and I did "Academic Writing Database Treasure Hunt" on Monday night. First, I thought it was not so difficult and did not take time so much, but that homework was more difficult than I thought. JSTOR had a lot of information and finding specific source took some time. Article 4 was especially difficult because the search keywords were "Africa* and America". There were great quantity of articles which were written about that, so when I found that, I could not help thinking that someone helped me. However, I had never used the site like JSTOR and I often used Japanese books and some sites which did not have good-quality information to write my essay or research paper, so this activity was so useful for me and I think this will help me so much when I write my research paper. However, to tell the truth, I do not have confidence in finding good sources for my research paper now.
10/8/2013 02:58:28 am
I've done the homework witth my partner on last Monday. It was so difficult for me because I've hardly use database of the library. My partner helped me so much. I could understand the way to search journals. I found that it is very useful. I also found that there are many kind of English newspaper and magazines in Aoyama library. In the end, I could enjoy to use database and JSTOR. It was interesting for me that there are so many journals on JSTOR. So I want to read many kind of journals.
10/8/2013 03:01:08 am
I went to library after school on tuesday. It was difficult to do the "Academic Writing Database Treasure Hunt". At first, I cannot use JSTOR Dtebese. So my friend tell me how to use this. After I understand how to use JSTOR Datebase, it goes smooth. I think the question that "what is the difference between the micropedia and macropedia". Because I did not know much about them. There are many kind of materias in libraly and internet. I can use all of them, but they have many untruth information. This is why, I need skills to choose collect information to write my research paper.
10/8/2013 03:32:39 am
On Monday, I did Academic Writing Database Treasure Hunt. It was so difficult for me because I had never used that database web site written by English. At first, I only typed the keywords (pragmatics, poetics etc…), but after that there were so many search result on the desktop and I could not find out the article. About 30minits later, I gradually understood the way to use JSTOR and found the articles easer. If I get used to searching articles like those on the web database, this skill will be useful for me in Academic Writing.
10/8/2013 03:43:03 am
My partner and I went to the library on Tuesday to do the library and database activities. Finding journals were very difficult for me because I've never used the library's computer to search some jornals. We had no idea about using JSTOR Database so I asked one of my friend how to use it and finally we could do. But it was hard to find out a specific journal because there were so many kinds of journals which had the same keywords. It took about an hour. And we could find many kinds of newspapars. Tortally this activity seemed to be hard. But I think this activities are very useful for me because I didn't know how to use JSTOR Database and this will help me at many times
10/8/2013 04:54:12 am
On last Monday, I did this homework with my partner. At first, we tried to find the newspapers, but we could not find easily, so we asked a libralian how to use database. She taught us kindly. Actually, these activities were difficult for me, but I think these were useful, if I can understand. I want to use this activity effectively from now on.
10/8/2013 07:59:34 am
I went to the library and did Academic Writing Database Treasure Hunt with my partner on Monday.Since we seldom went to this university's library, this activity was difficult for us. But a librarian helped us politely so we could manage to finish our homeworks. Thanks to this activity, my partner and I became to be able to use this library easily. So I think this activity was useful for me.
10/8/2013 10:17:10 am
I did this homework with my partner on Monday. We need help because we didn't know how to use database. A librarian tell us kindly, and we tried again. The activities were difficult, so it took us a long time to do them. The activities were useful and good chance to know how to use database, and we could find newspapers in aoyama library. They will help me when I look for my sources. I think I can find my soures, but it is difficult because there are many sources in a library and the Internet. I have to choose the better ones.
10/8/2013 01:47:51 pm
I did the library activity last Monday with my partner. It was a little bit difficult for us to find the answer, especially the magazine section. So we needed to ask a librarian. She helped us with how to use the website to search and find the magazines nicely. In other parts, we had a hard time to get answers. However, I learned a lot of things I hadn't known for sure. These activities were useful for me. And I have to be able to get resources by myself next time.
10/8/2013 02:34:44 pm
I and my partner did our homework respectively and I did Finding LIbrary Resources. It was not so difficult to find magazines, but it was hard for me to do Reference Material section. Because of that, I needed librarians' help and they willingly helped me. Thanks to their help, I could complete my work.
10/8/2013 02:46:42 pm
I did the the Academic writing database treasure hunt on Monday. It was difficult at first but I didn't need help. It was hard to find the articles at first. There were so many articles and I was surprised. It was the first time for me using the JSTOR. I gradually got use to the process. I found it easy to find data on the JSTOR once I got used to it. I hope I can use this skill from now on for classes.
10/8/2013 02:53:17 pm
My partner, Haruna and I did this activity on Monday altogether. Because it was mostly for the first time for me to use the database for looking for sources, it was a little hard. But, we thought we should do without help at first, then we tried. To find the answer of Database Treasure Hunt, we used some database such as JSTOR or Academic Search Premier, but we could find all of them finally on our own. After that we did the magazine section. At first we were looking for only magazines, but one classmate advised us that the names of newspapers was also okay, then we finished. For Reference Material, we asked librarian where the Encyclopedia Beitannica was and could answer the questions.
10/8/2013 04:45:18 pm
I and my partner did our homework in same free time. It took us a long time to complete this homework. We can easy to find the search categories but difficult to find the JSTOR Database. So we asked a lot of librarian about our questions. Librarian is very kind for us and we were able to be finished in time. I could find many good resources for my research paper. This is because I learned a lot of things in this activity. This activity was little difficult for me, but I learned about many things.
10/8/2013 05:44:48 pm
I did my research on the weekends. It took time to search for the right kind of books for my topics, and more time to find the right pages. Since I was not used to looking up resources, I had to ask the librarian to help me find books needed.
10/8/2013 05:51:36 pm
My partner and I went to the library on last Tuesday. In the library, I did first question, that is answering the name of newspaper or magazine. There are many newspaper and magazine so it is difficult to specify which one is good for answer. So I needed a help of librarian and asked her. And then she told me how to use detabase system kindly. Although it is difficult to find article and journal, this activity was very useful. It is because I can understand how I use the library and there are many types of sources in the library. Now, I have already found sources for my research paper but except the journal or books I choose there are also many good resources. So I am confused which is good for my research paper.
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