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Communication, Culture and Technology
Joel Moody

Tips about Assignment One CCT100F History of Communication Technologies Joel R. K. Moody CCT100F HISTORY OF COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES 1 FROM THE LIBRARY: 1 CAN IUSE NTERNET IN MY RESEARCH? 1 W HICH SMALL FACTS ARE COMMON KNOWLEDGE ? 2 W HAT KIND OF RESEARCH IS REQUIR?D 2 HOW MANY REFERENCES DO INEED INASSIGNMENT ONE ? 2 DO IUSE REFERENCES IN MY SUMMARY? 3 HOW DO WE USE FOOTNOTES INCCT100? 3 W HY DON'T WE USEMLA OR APA ORC HICAGO INCCT100? 3 GETTING HELP ON TIME 3 SUMMARY 4 HOW MUCH SHOULD IUSE ROSALDO IN THE CRITICAL DISCUSSI?N 4 CRITICAL DISCUSSION TOPIC 4 W HAT IS A DISCUSSI?N 4 W HAT IS CRITIC?L 5 CAN IUSE "IIN MY PAPER? 5 Click on the page number to get to the item From the library: Having trouble researching a specific topic? Need assistance finding an electronic resource? The Library is pleased to offer a new service to the UTM College community. Book an appointment with a professional Librarian to learn how to navigate the diverse information resources available today. Bookings may be made by contacting Ian Whyte, by phone (905-828-5332). The best method to get more familiar with the library is by talking to the librarians or attending specific library classes: Can I use Internet in my research? 1 Which small facts are common knowledge? Common knowledge encompasses general facts re lated to the course material which are elementary, undisputed, or recurrently stated in the literature. It is not based on someones (or my) interpretation or analysis. One easy way to stay on the safe side for referencing "common knowledge", if you are unsure, is to document it with a prof's site. Many researchers and professors have personal academic web site with links and papers. For example, you are not sure whether it is common knowledge that Gutenberg published 20 million books. Look for "20 million books Gutenberg" and the first hits are: Not only do you have a reference to provide to stay on the safe side of good referencing, but now you can also see that the fact is mentioned re peatedly by several profs -- there are so many references because it is common knowledge. What kind of research is required? The kind of research required is the kind you would normally do for any university paper at this level. It involves the use of the UTM library and Internet. Make sure you are able to turn to the Internet to locate academic literature you have to be able to make a difference between just any document and academically valuable sources to select suitable material for a university paper. For example, you may find relevant articles on Eisenstein in a periodical/journal search using the subject/key word "media (there are at least 7 or 8 listed on the library website which UofT students have access to). Also, check for other textbooks on media and communications (type "media" into the UTCat as a subject or keyword) or look for books on the subject as well in the same manner. You can also try history books (for example, look up info. on the industrial revolution). You might also want to check the library website there is a seminar ("free") offered based on research using Internet that may be useful, or you can even just ask a librarian how to look for periodicals or e-journals. In some cases you may have to go into the stacks to find the issue, but in the case of e-journals you will usually find the full article or at least the abstract on- line and can then print it directly from there. See the list of electronic journals in communication on the "Web Links" document. How many references do I need in Assignment One? A discussion still needs research and referencing. I am interested in your spontaneous discussion but even more in what you are able to under stand and critique among existing scholarly views about the impact of communication media (print in this case). I also wa nt to see how good a university essay you are able to write, which includes research. 2 See "Plagiarism and Reference format" Do I use references in my summary? The summary is clearly indicated as a summary of the paper written by Rosaldo. It is the topic. When you borrow words directly from Rosaldo, whether they are her words or quoted, you must use quotation marks to indicate that words appear as written in Rosaldo's article. There should be very few or no cases where such direct borrowi ngs happen in a summary because a summary is primarily and mostly your own rewording of the original points (ideally only that rewording). You do not need to repeat in your bibliography the references already provided by Rosaldo, but you do reference Rosaldo as a source you used How do we use footnotes in CCT100? The format for CCT100 assignments involves parenthetical notes, as described in the document "Plagiarism and Reference Format". That shou ld avoid the need for footnotes entirely and simplify your formatting work. The format is described with examples in the file called "Plagiarism and Reference Format" on the left (and under Course Documents). When the file opens, click on "How to reference' in the table of contents for the page. A parenthetical note referring to a book looks like this: (Straubhaar and LaRose 2006, 194). Then in your BIBLIOGRAPHY: Joseph STRAUBHAAR and Robert LaROSE (2006). Media Now. Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology. Fifth Edition. Belmont, Wadsworth/Thompson Learning. You list the publishing information about your bibliographical entries in the bibliography only. Why don't we use MLA or APA or Chicago in CCT100? We do not use those protocols because they are too complex for the kind of papers written in first- year courses. The MLA Handbook is a 290-page book. Getting help on time There is a clear statement on the assignment description: 3 Manage your time. Seeking help at the last minute is not a good strategy. If you seek help too late, you might not have enough time to get it Your TA or professor may not be able to provide help on time if you procrastinate. Allow at least 48 hours to receive a response to your requests . Claiming "urgency" in your requests will not necessarily mean that they are processed immediately if you wait for the last minute to send them to start with. Summary ROSALDO, Renato (1981). "The Cultural Impact of the Printed Word: A Review Article The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communi cations and Cultural Transformations in Early- Modern Europe Elizabeth Eisenstein ", Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 23, No. 3. (Jul., 1981), pp. 508-513. Online at: 4175%28198107%2923%3A3%3C508%3ATCIOTP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-F. It is unnecessary to state/describe: "Rosaldo writes that...", "Rosaldo proposes that", "Rosaldo has a long paragraph about some aspects of", etc. You simply state the gist of the points she makes. See the link about "Summarizing" under "Study Tools". How much should I use Rosaldo in the critical discussion? You choose the directions of your discussion in the light of the topic assigned in the question. You may or may not return to the points cited by Rosaldo. Your discussion is based on your own research, which may or may not use Rosaldo as a springboard. You are allowed to take other views and support your discussion with other scholars, research, theories Critical discussion topic The question is asked in simple language "Should the press be treated as a causal or infrastructural "agent" behind a "communications revolution" as Eisenstein proposed, or in fact more of a signifier of mentalits, even of cultural power? It does not mean that the topic is not specific. Your mission is to debate the topic and be critical in your debate. What is a discussion? A discussion takes a complex look at an issue. It s goal is not to reach a definitive answer but to underline facets of the issue. A discussion processes ideas to show the reasoning and argumentation behind them. It is not just the statement of points (even if they are true, even if someone else stated them well in their book). A discussion is organized and has clear steps (par agraphs centered on one idea for example). It is not a free-flowing series of points or remarks. 4
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