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HONR 111 (Hill): Session Introduction & Assignment

Research Approach

Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:  

1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
2. Background (library catalog: books)
3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & Writing Center)

Assignment

Paper #1:  An Argument Using Contextual Sources

Make a full, thesis-driven argument that draws upon scholarly sources to evaluate a specific facet of Michael Nolan’s article “‘I Want to Own My Own Business When I Grow Up’: Encouraging Entrepreneurship at a Young Age.” Employ Nolan’s article to engage with broader scholarly conversations about embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Consider the shared readings below to argue where a budding entrepreneur should focus attention. Consider how Nolan’s ideas align with, diverge, or fail to consider “best practices” in successful entrepreneurship for young Americans. As always, there are multiple options for consideration, so respond to likely challenges and/or counterarguments.

 

Employ evidence from at least one of our common texts and two peer-reviewed sources you find independently.

 

You need to find at least 2 of your own scholarly and peer-reviewed articles to support your ideas.

 

Deadlines: (all deadlines are at the start of class; bring your printed task)

Outline/Early Draft Due: 9/27                       

Draft Due: 9/30

Final Graded Revision: 10/4 by 5:00 p.m, due online and in hard copy

Paper #1:  An Argument Using Contextual Sources

Make a full, thesis-driven argument that draws upon scholarly sources to evaluate a specific facet of downtown revitalization efforts in Salisbury, Maryland. You should employ primary sources such as Salisbury’s Downtown Revitalization Masterplan, the city website, the downtown website, and the city commercial, “We Are Salisbury.” Your argument about Salisbury should engage with broader scholarly conversations about strategies for improving downtowns; in so doing, you should consider how local revitalization plans align with or diverge from “best practices” in urban planning, and respond to likely challenges and/or counter arguments. Employ evidence from at least one of our common texts and two peer-reviewed sources you find independently.

You need to find at least 2 of your own scholarly and peer-reviewed articles to support your ideas.


Deadlines:

Outline/Early Draft Due: 9/27

Draft Due: 9/30

Final Graded Revision: 10/4 5pm in hard copy and MyClasses

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Information Cycle

Infographic of the Information cycle: Day of is Television, Radio, and Internet; Day after is Newspapers; Week after is popular magazines; Months after is scholarly journals; Year after is books and government publications; years after is reference books

Manage & Organize

‚ÄčProQuest RefWorks - Source citation tool

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