ENG122: English Composition II (GSE1310I)
Selecting a Research Paper Topic (DQ-1)
Before you can write your discussion post, you must find, download, and review the course Guidelines for Writing the Research Paper, which is located in the Ancillary Materials directory of Doc Sharing. You can find the Doc Sharing link in the top-level menu of your course (next to the Email link). After reviewing the course Guidelines for Writing the Research Paper take some time to consider which topics appeal to you most. In a few paragraphs, explain how you narrowed your selection down to a single topic. What was your process? Did you chat it over with a friend? Consult an online encyclopedia? Check your library for adequate resources? Pit the potential topic contenders against one another on Googlefight?
Initial posts must be 200 to 300 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts whose selection process differed from your own. Compare and contrast your selection process with those of your classmates, making note of any strategies you have learned and imparting any techniques.
After viewing Ashford Library’s screencasts (Introductory video and Library Website Tour), devise a strategy for preliminary research on the paper topic you selected in Discussion 1. Use what you have learned about critical thinking and research methodologies in chapters 1 and 2 of your textbook to help frame your approach. In two or three paragraphs describe how you plan to narrow the focus of your research in order to select the most useful and compelling resources. What techniques (critical, methodological, etc.) or tools (databases, bibliographies, etc.) will you use? And how will you collect and organize your information (notecards, bookmarks, etc.)?
Initial posts must be 200 to 300 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Your role as the respondent is to determine whether or not your classmates’ research strategies will serve the essay topics they have chosen. You should ask yourself if the tools, techniques, and collection methods they cite are appropriate and useful--then comment accordingly. Remember to share your insights and ideas with your classmates in a manner that is helpful and constructive.
Word Range: 200-300 (initial post); 125-200 (each response)
Estimated Time on Task: 1-3 hours (all posts)