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CMAT 490 DeWitt & Horikami: Home

Salisbury

  • Civic Center- "more events." 
  • Safe Ride- making it better and safer
  • Big Brother/Big Sisters- getting more SU students to be mentors
  • Skate Park- SU students using and supporting the new one being built
  • Sexual Assault Awareness- Informing SU students and keeping them safe

Why?

How do stakeholders benefit and in what ways?

If a current program exists, how does it compare with others elsewhere? 

What challenges are there at SU/Salisbury currently? What solutions to challenges have other places implemented?

Know your audience. Sometimes academic scholarship bounces off of the average Joe. Meanwhile, when City Council hears about great things the town next door is doing, they are sometimes motivated (jealousy?) to "keep up." On the other hand, state and city government representatives can be persuaded by official data or solid research.

Getting started on a Review of Literature

  • State your research topic (or question); or, make a first attempt to get the process going.
  • You should know or clarify the purpose of the review of literature. For example, is it for “background”, or a “pro and con discussion”, "integration", “summarizing”, etc. You may have several purposes.
  • Develop a starting 'search plan'. What strategies are you going to use to find information? Do an exploratory search for sources and choose books, articles, and web content that seem to have information on your topic.
  • Choose the exact information you want to use or discuss in your review.
  • Compose your lit review in at least two drafts, using revisions as opportunities to find stronger sources/evidence and fine-tune arguments.

A basic internet and library research plan for draft 1

Sometimes, just a simple research plan can help to organize ideas and initiate exploration of information sources. Although the list below is linear, your research can be recursive, which often requires you to circle back and redo earlier steps or swap weak sources for stronger ones:  

1. What's the internet say? (use website evaluation guide to find high quality sources)
2. Background (use the library catalog to find books)
3. Scholarly research (use library databases to find journal articles)
4. Support your argument (use Easybib to organize and cite sources)
5. Drafts & revisions (upgrade your sources using research librarians, writing center, CSA)

Manage & Organize

EasyBib Academic Edition

Create an account in Easybib and let's start to manage our information sources for this assignment.

Please keep the Easybib tab open at the top of your web browser.