Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Foreign Policy Research Paper



Cautionary tale about documenting research:
Listen to this radio clip from NPR to help you better understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
Key Terms: 

It is essential for you to enter your sources into EasyBib as you work. You will need them later for your notes. There are a few new tricks in EasyBib that you will like:
1. You can automatically export ABC-CLIO citations to EasyBib (tutorial)
2. You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial)
3. You can collaborate EasyBib bibliographies with other @ncps-k12.org community members (tutorial)


Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)

If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).

By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
        • ProQuest Newspapers
        • NewsStand
        • Opposing Viewpoints
        • ABC-CLIO Issues
        • ABC-CLIO American Government
        • Roper iPoll
        • Historical New York Times (where appropriate)
You can cross-search all contemporary periodical databases in Destiny Quest by clicking on the OneSearch tab in your search results

Download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device (instructions for configuring the app).


Comprehensive research & resource evaluation (tutorial in development)

  • Open-source reference (Wikipedia)
  • Balance
    • Anecdote - humanizes your work
    • Fact
      • Statistics (you can specifically search for these in databases)
    • Opinion
      • Public opinion (Roper iPoll)
      • OP-ED (you can specifically search for these in databases)
      • Be aware of periodical 
  • CRAAP test (Mr. Staffaroni's) Let's try it!
  • Sample bibliography
Please sign-in to your Google Apps account (firstname.lastname@ncps-k12.org) to enter your research question below. You will need to edit and revise this as your progress with your inquiry.

List of research questions for 1st semester research papers (teachers only).


You should fine-tune your research question as you learn more. Here is a link to a video that will explain this process. Be sure to update your entries in the above form.


This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 

Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:


Here are a few helpful screenshots:

EasyBib Note D

EasyBib Note C

  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • In-text, or embedded citations:


    In addition to the complete bibliographical information (author, title, publisher and date, etc), you must also include an annotation - an evaluation of each resource (150 words or less) that should include at least four of the following:

    • Author: Authority, experience, or qualifications of the author
    • Purpose: Why did the author write this?
    • Scope: Breadth or depth of coverage (Is this work very in-depth? Does it cover a wide range of topics?), topics included, etc.
    • Audience: For whom was it written (general public, subject specialists, students…)?
    • Viewpoint: What is the author’s perspective or approach (school of thought, etc.)? Do you detect an unacknowledged bias, or find any undefended assumptions?
    • Sources: Does the author cite other sources? Is it based on the author’s own research? Is it personal opinion? …
    • Conclusion: What does the author conclude. Is the conclusion justified by the work?
    • Features: Any significant extras, e.g. visual aids (charts, maps, etc.), reprints of source documents, an annotated bibliography
    • Comparison: How does it relate to other works on the topic: does it agree or disagree with another author or a particular school of thought; are there other works which would support or dispute it? (How to Write)
    • Reliability and date: How up-to-date is the resource and how do you know it is reliable?
    • An annotation is evaluative. In addition to a description, it offers a brief critical assessment of the publication, assessing its relevance, accuracy, reliability, or usefulness for a particular audience or purpose.

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