AW Lesson 2: Sources
In today’s class, we learned about different types of sources and how to choose your sources for your research paper.
Types of Sources:
First of all, we 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.
How to Choose Sources:
When you choose a source, there are six points you should consider: (a) authority; (b) audience; (c) currency; (d) purpose; and (e) quality/accuracy.
Recording Source Information:
When you find some useful sources for your research paper, you should write down the information about the source. In this way, you will have easy access to it when you make your works cited page and use in-text citation. When you record source information, you should include the following for print sources: (a) author / organization; (b) title; (c) edition; (d) publisher; (e) place of publication; (f) year of publication; and (g) page numbers.
For an electronic source, you need to record this information: (a) author / organization, (b) title of website; (c) title of article on a website; and (d) publication date.
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.
I've uploaded today's slide presentation and handouts in the Academic Writing Lesson Materials section.
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?)
9/25/2015 03:13:50 am
9/27/2015 04:08:57 am
I did homework activities with Natsumi and Miho. In library work, I felt it difficult to find necessary information like international news or American business and finance from many sources. The numbers of magazines and newspapers were lot, so I had to open and read many of them. But at last, we could find the information we wanted. Through this activity, I think I could get skill of searching necessary information quickly from many sources. So I thought this activity was useful. Also, in this activity I used micropedia and macropedia. It was not until that time that I saw and read them. I was surprised at the amount of information they had. I thought they were very useful for research or other activities. I felt database activity was difficult. I had to try several ways to find the articles. But I could learn how to use database, so it was helpful for me.
9/27/2015 10:27:31 pm
So far I have gone to the library in Aoyama University several times to get the necessary information for completing the homework. There are so many useful sources related with the immigration problems in UK, which have been frequently reported on TV or several news websites these days. Also, I started to use the online database site "JSTOR" to seek the proper materials. It is quite easy to find the correct and reliable referrence on my topic. The most surprising thing to me for the search engine was its amazingly high functionality. If you do not know much about books which you are looking for, it enables you to find the exact one from a few keywords or a little information belonging to the data. If it were not for this great system, we would have to spend a lot of time collecting the information. I thought that learning how to use such a beneficial sites would definitely be profitable in the future.
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9/29/2015 09:03:40 am
I did that activity with Misa on Friday.
9/29/2015 05:15:34 pm
I go to the library only when I have homework that needs specific materials or sources,so it was my first step to magazines and newspapers area. I think it is stereotype to say but I do. There were greater deal of sources than I had expected. Many incidents that might change the world are happening everyday, and I thought that we should know about that through reading.
9/29/2015 05:30:05 pm
I'm sorry for posting twice but I wanted to add some comments.
9/29/2015 06:26:07 pm
Kana and I did our work on Monday. It was a bit challenging to find the Encyclopedia Britanica, but we found it. We didn't know the difference between micropedia and macropedia before we do this work. We were astonished by the loads of facts they had. It was really interesting to seek many newspaper and magazine that I might have never seen if I didn't do this work. I would never know that there were newspaper written in Russian or German. I thought they have only Japanese and English. It wasn't hard for me to search in the database for the articles because I have used it before. I still have a hard time looking up an article, so it's a great opportunity to learn to use several different databases. I'm also having a hard time searching for my research paper sources, so I would like to use the library for it insteaded of using internet. I hope I'll get some good sources for me.
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9/29/2015 11:33:58 pm
I did my library activity today. To be honest, I am not a big fan of aogaku library, I have experienced neither database research nor book renting. However, it felt really nice in the library. It was much quieter than I expected, which made me easier to concentrate on searching.
9/29/2015 11:35:56 pm
There were spelling mistakes as I'm not really familiar with the keyboard of the school computer..
9/29/2015 11:46:37 pm
9/30/2015 12:02:48 am
9/30/2015 12:16:58 am
Last Friday, Ruka and I went to the library. First,I it was difficult for me to understand what the qunstion meant. Especially, Q3 was difficult. However, by chance, I found the number and the kinds of books. Therefore, we could did. Datebase activity was easier for me than library activity. This is because I had used it last year. In the Reading class, I did two presentation and had to used it. Now, I haven't find out all 7 sourses. It's difficult to find out the article which have the complete information I want. It's also difficult to know it is necessary or not for my research paper. I think datebase will help me to do this.
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