Library Instruction Goals
This guide should help you:
Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?
Explore the Hege library's information resources.
Start to gather information for an assignment.
This assignment is designed to get you started on doing historical research and relating the information from the sources you find.
Your topic for research must combine two ideas. In other words, you cannot just research “women,” but you could research “women and factory work.” Once you think you have a topic, you should do some initial research to see if it is viable for this project. (Are there enough sources? How easy are they to find? How difficult are they to read?) Once you have finalized your topic, you must send an e-mail to me with your chosen topic by Saturday 2/9 at 11:59pm.
You should imagine an audience of your peers. Imagine someone in one of my future HP courses who needs some starting places for doing research on the same topic on which you are doing research. What would be helpful to them?
12-point font. 1” margins. Single-spaced. Each annotation should start with a Chicago Style bibliography citation of the source and be followed by your annotation and your research explanation.
For this assignment, no web pages are allowed. Sources should primarily be print sources or articles accessed through library databases. (You may use print sources that are found online. For example, a diary entry reprinted on a web page.) You may also not use partial sources—for example, Google Books often only has part of a book available—although excerpted sources of significant length may be acceptable. Also, no book reviews.
You should have 2 primary sources, 2 secondary sources, and 1 reference source about your topic.
Each annotation will consist of two parts.
· . . . should identify the genre of the source (newspaper article, magazine article, scholarly journal article, poem, etc.) and any helpful information about the author and the author’s audience (1-2 sentences).
· . . . should summarize the main point/argument of the source and highlight the key evidence the author uses (3-4 sentences).
· . . . should comment on the kinds of sources referenced by the source (as applicable) (1-2 sentences).
· . . . should explain how the source helps your readers to better understand this aspect of the 1920s. (Why would this source be useful when writing about this topic?) (1-2 sentences)
This section should provide a brief account (4-5 sentences) of how you found this source including information like:
· Where did you find it? (Database, library stacks, etc.)
· How did you find it? (Database search, search engine, Reader’s Guide, etc.)
· How long did it take you to find?
· What difficulties did you encounter?
· Why did you choose this source over other sources?
Poll: Assignment Challenges
Open the link and select ONE choice.