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GEOG 325: Conservation and Resource Management: Identity Portfolio Guidelines

Guidelines & Checklist

Installments are expected each week, although I will only take up the 3-ring binder near the last day of class.  There are major subjects which each person should attempt to become informed about so as to better understand the perspective of the conservation and/or resource management stakeholder they have chosen to represent.  As a good rule of thumb, if you gauge your work by length then each of these first installments would be roughly 2 pages. 


Note self: equal subdivisions are less the point than conceptual subdivisions.  Straining to make each installment fit a 2 page format misses the larger point, unless the work itself is aided by equal subdivisions.  Because this is true, one installment might be larger, while another might be smaller. No installment can be sufficiently addressed in less than one page though, and all work must have sufficient bibliographic documentation at the end of the portfolio.


Note: many identities will fit some but not all of the sample queries listed on the following tabs.  Don’t feel as though you must go through every question and provide a list of answers.  After the first 3 installments, your final product may be installments with 1-2 page narrative explanations.  Not all portfolios will look the same either, so don’t feel as if there is a specific format.  You will ALL want the checklist (below) of items though to maintain some thread of consistency:


1.  Table of contents and cover page with your name, your identity, etc.

2.  Subdivisions of either blank pages or tabs for each category.  

3.  Each installment should be roughly 2 pages.  That said, some installments will be more like bullet points and lists (especially the early installments 1 and 2) while the later installments will be narrative.  You might find your identity to be heavy on some areas and weak, or undocumented on others.  This is new information, so it will not necessarily fit neatly into even 2 page installments.  Be true to the information and analysis; do not be obsessive about 2 pages exactly.

4.  A site map that helps convey the scale or spatial distribution of your identity

5.  A bibliography with the following breadth and subheadings

Internet-- 5 Web pages MAX

Popular Media-- 3 MIN newspaper articles, op-ed pieces, magazine articles etc.

Books—3 MIN books, book chapters, or excerpts from books

Journal Articles—2-3 Journal articles from academic Journals related to issues related to your identity (multiple disciplinary options here)

People—3 MIN actual people you have contacted, spoken with, and a transcript of the questions you asked, and their answers (paraphrased will do.)

Note on how to document personal correspondence with people:

1.The person’s name and contact information (address, phone number e-mail address, etc.)

2.The time and location of your meeting

3.The length of your conversation

4.The reason you chose the person

5.If that person leads you to explore new avenues, and where you go next, following those avenues. (Does person A lead you to person B?)

Other—use your creativity to procure other sources not listed here such as corporate materials, government documents, press releases, lawsuits, legislative materials, etc.

6.  A 3-ring binder in which you have the total product with raw materials in the pockets as needed.


Subject Guide

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Susan Brazer
Guerrieri Academic Commons

- Salisbury University--

Salisbury, MD