Action Items for Research Paper & Blogging!

Hey all – Here are some action items to guide you through the next few weeks. Some I carried over from this post.

Everyone also remember to breathe, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and be safe. Contact me anytime with questions or concerns.

Research Paper:

  • Go through all the material in Getting Started with the Research Paper & the Research Paper Helper
  • All assignments in INFO 200 help build your understanding and knowledge of the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the information community you are researching. You can feel free to remix and adapt previous assignments and blog posts and incorporate these into your research paper. This is not self-plagiarism!
  • Fine tune your community description to fit the required introduction for the paper. A successful description for the assignments addresses who the community is, what information needs and behaviors they have, and should cite some of our foundational literature as well as your own pertinent, peer-reviewed resources. You might even include some stats pulled from research-based sources as well such as Pew, etc.
  • Work on the outline of your paper first and consider submitting it to me for review. 
  • Be clear with your writing. Use simple, straightforward sentences. Avoid sweeping generalizations without supporting evidence.
  • Work on the blog posts explored below as sections of your paper’s discussion. Research your community’s use of emerging technology (or technology in general). How do they use it as part of their information behaviors? (After the paper, you’ll be creating a media artifact to share some of these findings too!)
  • Pay close attention to minimum and maximum word counts.
  • Follow the formatting requirements closely.
  • Proof everything. Ask a classmate to proof your work and proof theirs.

Blog Reports:

  • Blog Post #5: Explore how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community. DUE: 4/24
  • Blog Post #6: Report on the issues your community may face on an international scale. DUE: 5/01
  • Blog Post #7: Report on your community’s use of emerging technologies. DUE: 5/08 (Submit your URL for grading)
  • Blog Post #8: Personal reflection on information communities. (Participation) DUE: 5/16

Here are some thoughts on the rest of our course blogging:

  • Blog Post #5: Explore how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community.

Helper: Explore the professional literature and the resources included in the Teaching and Learning module and write a post related to how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community. What innovative services are in place to support your community’s curiosity? Or suggest some ideas for learning programming based on gaps you discover in services to your group.

  • Blog Post #6: Report on the issues your community may face on an international scale. 

Helper: Blog Post #6: From your exploration of the literature and the resources included in the Global Librarianship Module, craft a blog post related to the issues your information community may face on an international scale. Consider, for example, how similar info communities to yours seek and create information in the context of their culture. Try to discover whether your international counterparts bring social, gender, environmental and economic justice to light. See if you can share your discoveries and observations in hopes that your experience can prepare and even educate fellow information professionals.

ACTION ITEMS:

  • These two can be written by exploring the professional literature (Library Journal, American Libraries, etc) or other resources related to your community.
  • Search for articles related to how libraries are offering learning programs for your community and how your community or a related community is being served on the global stage.
  • You can actually start these searches now and keep what you find for when you complete the upcoming modules and start writing.
  • Write both posts to easily fit into your research paper’s Discussion section, perhaps under headings such as “Learning Programming for Harry Potter Fans” and “Library Services Around the World for Harry Potter Fans.” This is not self-plagiarism!

Next:

  • Blog Post #7: Report on your community’s use of emerging technologies 

Helper: Create a media-based artifact (infographic, video, audio, etc) from your research and explorations of your community’s use of emerging technologies. How do they use technology to advance the community or share information? Be as creative as you’d like! Use these “How To” pages at the Community Site:

Some popular tools students have used, as compiled by include:

Also, checkout  this helpful site: https://marketingtechblog.com/infographic-layouts/

Please comment below with how you are doing, your own coursework strategies and any action items you have for our class, etc

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5 thoughts on “Action Items for Research Paper & Blogging!

  1. Zoe Tran

    What has been working for me as I get serious about the research paper is printing out the articles and readings I’m working with and highlighting them based on a color-coded system that corresponds to the research paper sections. Main ideas and concepts = green, methodology = pink, discussion/analysis = yellow, future implications = blue, background info and context = orange. It helped me so much with the LRM to be able to look at the articles and quickly identify the information I needed, along with my own annotations in the margins and on post-its. I’m really leaning into my identity as a visual learner with this course 🙂

    I also created an outline for the paper using the prompts included in the Getting Started with the Research Paper video, which really helps me to plug in the information from articles, past assignments, and blog reports as I go for later synthesis.

    One thing – the link above (“Work on the outline of your paper first and consider submitting it to me for review.”) seems to be broken! I’m getting a “Not Found” page when I click on it.

    Thanks for your help in keeping us organized and on track!

    1. Rebecca Natali

      @zoetran
      Zoe, I do the same thing! I’m a visual person, and I have all my highlighters representing different sections that I want to talk about in my paper. I also do it with direct quotes I want to use too.
      I’ll create a chart that’ll say “green=quotes about library programs” or stuff like that. I did it with the book report and the LMR 🙂
      I think we both are similar with the outline too. I know some people work best literally just writing their ideas and thoughts in “paper format.” But for me, I have to outline, bullet point, write “quote 3 here”, basically just jotting things down before I even start to draft.

      -Rebecca

  2. Katie G

    Something I have found really helpful is downloading my sources into my Kindle. I can highlight and note in the kindle, then it allows me to export to an excel sheet. It shows the full highlighted quote, any notes I made, and then the page the note or highlight were made on. Honestly, using excel to organize sources and ideas has been a game changer for me.

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