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C/I Assignments: Some of the Best

C/I 11 0 Context and Connection in Human Experience

Fall 1999

Karen Nelson

My C/I project involving the library used the final project. I scheduled my sessions with Carolyn Vickrey on Monday evenings September 13th and 20th. As a result, on Wed. the 15th the students had to have a goal statement written and on the 24th they had to submit their literature review log. In this way, the work that Carolyn and I did with them involved minimal "formal" presentation, a quick move to the lab where they began to work independently at their own paces, and where Carolyn, my C/Ls and I could "float" responding to their concerns.

Final Project:

Your final project will ultimately be a 10-12 page paper investigating a topic of your choosing and utilizing five sources in addition to Dunbar and Epstein. This project allows you to earn 300 pts. toward your final grade. It has multiple steps.

  • Goal Statement     25 pts.     9/15
    Your goal statement is a brief paragraph explaining what you are interested in tackling in the paper. It should make clear why the topic is important and what you are hoping to learn from it.

  • Literature review log     25 pts.     9/24
    Two Monday evening sessions will be devoted to a number of exercises that will introduce you to the electronic databases available through Abell Library as well as other sources of information available via the internet. Your log will simply itemize what you explored -- the search terms you entered, the search engines you used, the citations you discovered, and the location of the documents you will explore for your paper. Much of the value of the project will lie in weeding out sources that will not be helpful to you. Although your bibliography can ultimately include your texts and a small number of additional sources, the bulk of your paper will rest on the five sources you select as the best information available on your topic.

  • Bibliography     25 pts.     10/15
    Your five-item bibliography (in APA style) is due; supplementary items can be listed an identified as supplementary sources (in your final paper they will be listed in alpha order on your reference list).

  • Outline     50 pts.     11/1
    Your outline should follow the same general structure as your article analysis paper: introduction, purpose statement, body of the paper, critical analysis, conclusions, references. The most important part of the paper is the critical analysis. It is where you speak with your own voice, analyzing the information, questioning it, and going beyond it to synthesis with information you have learned from other sources.

  • First draft     75 pts.     11/8
    Although the purpose of the first draft is to give you feedback so that you can do better on the final paper, the first draft is graded. Don't make the mistake of throwing something together and trusting that the reader will "fix" it for you.

  • Final paper     100 pts.     12/1

  • C/I 11D: The "New" History: Everyday Lives in the Past

  • Fall 1999

    Victoria Cummins


    Addressing concerns of academic integrity, plagiarism, and attribution of work, Victoria Cummins had students read an article and then go through a process of creating 3 documents from that article.

    One of the documents produced had to show outright plagiarism, the direct quote without attribution.

    A second document created demonstrated "mosaic" plagiarism where no attribution is given to quotes interspersed with the student's own comments.

    Finally, the third document was paraphrased properly and with appropriate attribution.

    The students were sensitized to a serious violation of academic integrity of which most were blithely ignorant. After the exercise, time was spent in discussion over what was learned.

    C/I 11P - A Century of Newbery Medal Winners for Children's Literature: Have They Withstood the Test of Time?

    Fall 2001

    Julia Shahid

    Decade Era Presentations

    The purpose of the decade era research is to identify what was occurring in a specific time period. As your group researches a particular era please address the following components:

    Research each of the above elements and describe how each component was manifested in that particular era. Your task is to provide an overview of a specific era identifying key components. You will present this overview utilizing PowerPoint. Each presentation should last 20 minutes.

    An effective presentation:

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