Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Take a Stand

To prepare for your midterm exam, you will need to locate, read and synthesize three articles from reliable and timely sources that will support your problem/solution claims with facts/statistics expert opinions, and/or anecdotes.

Are you ready to start your annotations?

This is a great example of how to create an annotation.

NEW! Notes from Wednesday 01/09/2013:

We observed that many of you are divvying up your work by opening shared documents, and pooling your research efforts. This is great! You are maximizing productivity. This is demonstrates resourcefulness, and Ms. D'Acosta and I are very pleased to see this proactive practice at work!

A few thoughts to help you with this. Links to database articles with not remain active once your computer session ends. Instead, copy the citation information from either the bottom of the article (Gale), or by clicking on the Cite tab (ProQuest). Copy and paste that information into your shared Google Document.

Newsstand (Gale) - scroll down:

National Newspapers (ProQuest)

...speaking of citation, it may be just as easy for you to share an EasyBib bibliography as a Google Document, and there are some features in EasyBib that will make copying and pasting the citation a little easier. Here is a tutorial on how to share, and another one about how to copy and paste a citation from a database into a bibliography.


The following databases will get you mainstream news reporting. A word of caution: It is increasingly difficult to locate free and objective news reporting from mainstream online newspapers. Almost all news articles from the Wall Street Journal are only accessible to subscribers - what you can  access for free online are mostly blogs, which may be fine, but this is very different writing than straight-up news reporting, and by nature, it is laden with point-of-view, if not bias. The New York Times  only allows non-subscribers to look at ten articles per month. That's the pitch for the following databases.
  • National Newspapers
  • Newsstand
  • PowerSearch
For statistics, the following are excellent, but you can also refine your search results in the above databases to search specifically for statistics. 
  • Roper iPoll
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Here is a screenshot that shows where the delimiter for statistics can be found in National Newspapers:

and this is a tutorial to walk you through searching in iPoll:

As always, please ask for help if you get stuck! We want you to have all the right resources so that you can support your claims with relevant, well-chosen, and targeted evidence during your midterm. 

Good luck!

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