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Department
Innis College Courses
Course Code
INI100H1
Professor
Vikki Visvis

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Assignment annotated biblio what should be researched?
Unlikely to find information on the essay itself
Similarly on the author a few biographical details
Engage in analytical thinking tips
oSee last weeks notes
oFirst pick your essay
oThen engage the essay on own terms
Slowing down and noticing details
Five step analysis plus one
FIND A TOPIC
Engage both rhetorically and thematically
What? How? So what? (why does it matter?)
Is the writer doing what he or she is saying we should do?
Actions and words which speak louder?
Something rich in material to engage with
Clustering
Developing categories, essential for organizing thinking, developing analysis
After clustering, then ask questions to help refine categories
Avoid having a paper that is a collage of other peoples material and thinking
Make sure you are answering the question and the evidence is supporting what
you are trying to say**************
ALWAYS BRING RESEARCH BACK TO THE PRIMARY TEXT MAKE SURE
IT IS RELEVANT TO THE TEXT
Identify main concepts and key words
Develop own ideas before beginning research
Not a straightforward process may need to loop back
Back and forth will occur depending on the questions asked
Test your topic
Five search engine databases Google
Discuss the assignment with someone, instructor or information specialist
oDiscuss with someone expert in field
oField has its arguments, assumptions, contentions, etc. which you know
nothing of
Identify meaningful sources
oAllow for enough time
oUse existing resources to find additional sources of information
Bibliography
If a name pops up again and again, likely an authority in the field
oAsk for help information specialists
www.notesolution.com
oRead abstract
Carry out research
After having focused the topic, and tested the topic by determining if there is
sufficient information on the topic
1.Explore different sources of information
Specific type of information
2.Reliability of sources
oAuthors credentials, affiliations, educational background, past
experiences, writing on area of expertise
oDate of publication dialogue of a field can change, rapidly even,
Identify seminal pieces as opposed to fad pieces
Informs current thinking despite long-ago date of publication
oEdition or revision
Also if there are multiple copies of a work
oPublisher
University press likely scholarly
Not a guarantee
oTitle of journal
Peer review more authoritative
oContent analysis
Body of course
Preface
Table of content and index
Bibliography may indicate quality
Lengthy likely well-researched
oIntended audience?
oObjective reasoning
More radical the departure from fields views scrutinize the work
more
Impartiality?
oCoverage
Have enough sources to have diverse viewpoints
oWriting style
Structure and organization of argument indicator of reasonable-
ness of argument
oUsing library catalogue
Scholars Portal and JSTOR are popular
SP has great scope; JSTOR limited to printable versions
Click on search for articles
Search and select for the field specific to topic
Will go to Scholars Portal-like page do not change subject
area
LOOK AT MULTIPLE INDEXES
www.notesolution.com
oConduct multiple search engine/index searches
OR command
To search for synonyms
Typically get many hits
AND command
Combine topics to narrow down the search
To synthesize information
Take good notes
oRecord publishing information for citing
Simultaneously organizing, combining, and restructuring information from
multiple sources
oColour-coding v. useful
oDevelop categories
oDevelop annotated bibliography
Synopsis of the article
As opposed to purely descriptive abstracts
Annotations are descriptive AND CRITICAL
What is the critical scope? Major themes? Scholarship clear? Etc.
www.notesolution.com