After taking this class this semester I learned a lot of research tips that helped me improve my research skills. After learning these tips my research process cut down a lot and I felt a lot less stressed then I have during previous research assignments.
Here are some tips:
Do not start off on the internet- The web is way too broad and handicaps us from narrowing our topic down. Also, the web gives us a bunch of sources that we cannot always find reliable. Anyone can post information on the internet, but that does not mean it’s always true.
Use Library Data bases: These data base supplies us with reliable sources and can give us mamy different types of sources such as articles, books, magazines, and etc.
Learn how to use a Data Base: Data base can be tricky at times. You need to learn all the short cuts and uses for it such as narrowing down your results to a specific type of source
Be very specific when using key words to research for your topic: Don’t only settle for one set of words, mix it up, try using different key words. The search engine will supply you with a lot of different sources. Also make sure to be specific because it can give you a lot of sources that end up not being that useful.
Use the Criteria method to check if the source is reliable: This includes authors, when it was published, who published it, and etc. This determines whether a source is legit or not.
Don’t use mine, I’m sure there are blogs with better tips and descriptions.
In the segment Our Privacy Delusion what I found interesting is the fact that people think when they erase their history or try to delete anything on the internet, even though it says it deleted, it will always remain on the web. Even a simple draft that you didn’t send someone is not considered private. People should know about this because they think that what they look at on the web is private and forever gone once you erase it but truthfully it never leaves the web once its on there.
In How to Sort Good Information from Bad on Twitter, what I found interesting is that the media uses peoples tweets about their daily lives to find information. What someone thinks is a useless tweet because its just about someones life could be value information to someone on the web. People should know that people on the web are using these peoples daily tweets more than they think.
In the segment Facebook’s New Social Search, what stood out to me about this graph search is that people don’t have a choice whether they want to be included in this new feature. A feature that relates you to others based off their interest. People should know about this because even if you have your settings on private,
Facebook is still putting your page out there for the people that apparently have the same interest as you based off what you put on your page.
In Facebook v. Europe, like the segment Our Privacy Delusion, it goes over that when we delete a post or any information from Facebook, it really doesn’t delete. They just make it seem like it disappeared. People should know this because information they don’t want people to see is still being seen even after you delete it.
In That Little Thing Called “Like”, I found it crazy that even if you just simply “like” something on the web, you secretely advertising whatever you liked because it lets all your friends and everyone you know online know what you like and that you were obviously looking at that information. People should know that pressing a simple button can lead to your interest being published all over the web.
Two segments that were similar to me are Our Privacy Delusion and Facebook v. Europe. The reason they are similar is because they both go over the fact that even if we delete something or erase our history, nothing is ever deleted from the internet once we publish it on there. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are a politician or a teenage from a small town. Anything you publish online will forever remain on the internet.
1. The name of the person who posted this picture Ramon Cunha and his user name is ramoncuhna.
2. The role of this person is a photographer.
3. The title of this image is skate_long_board
4. It says some rights reserved and Attribution. I think it says have permission to create derivative works
5. Since it says Attribution you have to cite it.
6. Since it does not say non commercial I can use it for money purposes
7. I do have permission but I need to properly cite and give credit to the original photographer
Cuhna, Ramon. Skate_long_board. 2008. Photograph.
When it comes to research papers, students tend to dread typing an annotated bibliography. An annotated bibliography is simply a typed list of sources containing what a source is about and how it is useful. An annotated bibliography contains three different parts. The first is the citation. You are required to cite your source either in APA or MLA format. The next part is a short two to three sentence summary going over what the source is about. The final part of an annotated bibliography is the annotation. An annotation consist of how this source is useful to you and how you are going to tie it in with your research. After you type these sections up you then have an annotated bibliography. Students tend to wonder why teachers require us to type up a bibliography. The reason teachers require us to type these up is because it requires us to really perform proper research on each source and helps us learn how we tie in these sources with our ideas. It also shows us how to do proper research and proper citation. This assignment can help me with my research project because it requires me to actually find useful sources and start my research.
Bisignani, Anne and Allen Brizee. “Annotated Bibliographies.” The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 3 Oct. 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2013, <https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/>.
Watts, John, Joshua Vossler, Tim Hodge. “What Is an Annotated Bibliography?” vimeo. Kimmel Library, 1 July 2010. Web. 29 Oct. 2013, <http://vimeo.com/13016416>.
In Eli Pariser speech over filter bubbles he explains to us that the Internet has been limiting what we can find on the Internet. He goes over the fact that when two different people search the same subject, they both end up with different sources. This is happening because the web is giving us sources based off where we live, who we are, what we have searched in the past, and etc. These “filter bubbles” are limiting us to what we know. One way to avoid these filter bubbles is by erasing your history. These filter bubbles will chose what information you can find based on what websites you have visited in the past. You can simply try to avoid this problem by erasing your history regularly. Another way you can avoid this is be keeping your birthday private. Usually, when it comes to identifying whom someone is on the web they usually use your birthdate because its possible that someone may have the exact same name as you. If you keep your birthdate private then these filter bubbles will not be able to limit what you can see when searching something. I would not view filter bubbles nessicarly as a bad thing. Yeah it limits what we see but it also shortens our search and usually leads us to sources that are useful to us. When it comes to academic research, when using the web, it can hurt our research because it does limit what we see. But I believe we can avoid this problem by sticking to databases. I will definitely test the theory that cleaning my history will change what I find when researching. It’s a simple task to perform so why not give it a shot right?
So far this semester we have learned very useful information that I found helpful for other classes. As a past English major, all of our discussions about research papers has helped me tremendously this semester. For one of my papers this semester in my American Lit class, we were required to cite our sources. In the past my citations usually ended up being incorrect because I did not know how to properly cite, or which type of format to use. Another way this class has helped with pther classes is it taught me how to recognize a credible source versus an unreliable source. By using evaluation criteria such as who published, when it was published, and etc, I was able to figure out whether a source is reliable or not. This information became useful to me because it helped me narrow down my search for good sources and gave me information that would make my papers stronger. This class also help me avoid a big issue called plagerism. I’ve learned in the past that it is very easy to get in trouble for accidental plagerism. This class showed me that I need to always give credit to original author and to not use their information word for word. This was a huge factor for me because plagerism is taken very seriously in academics. Academic and research overall has helped me prepare and handle my research papers.
For my interview I decided to interview my classmate, Crystal Yap. Crystal is a junior studying English at the UWG. While interviewing Crystal I asked her about her research process and how it has changed since she was a freshman. She told me that her professors when she was a freshman required fewer sources then she is required to use now as an upperclassman. Professors would insist on using sources such as database, books, websites, and etc. She said to double check if the source was appropriate for the paper she then needed to find out if the source is legit. How she made sure it was legit was she would check the date, the author, and other detail about the source to make sure it was giving useful information. Then she would check if the source went along with the professor’s guidelines. She explained that this process became easier over the years because she had figured out how to find and use these sources properly. To find these sources she would simply use data base websites or go to the library to find books as a source. She then explained that the database was a lot more helpful then just searching the library because the database tells you exactly where the book is. But as a freshman she at first struggled to figure out how a database website works. How her research papers have changed is the requirements are much larger as an upperclassman but becomes easier to accomplish because of experience over the past semesters.The length of papers become longer and professors will start to require a lot more sources the further you get into your education. She explained that her strategies did change slightly over the years. She changed her strategies by always refereeing to the database first to find multiple sources instead of just searching the web. What shocked me about her story was the fact that she found one source extremely useful and still uses it to this day