Freshman Introduction to Research
Examine the following websites. Based on your research, decide which of the diseases is a real disease? Be ready to say what makes you think it is real.
- Motivational Deficiency Disorder (MDD) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1420696/
- Chronic Procrastination Disorder (CPD) - http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6119
- Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD) - http://www.havidol.com/
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) - http://www.additudemag.com/adhd-web/article/4636.html
For this task, you will act as if you are researching the "United Nations Agenda 21" which is a topic that has been covered by a wide variety of sources. In your search for information, you have come across these two websites. Use the CRAAP Test to help determine which of the two websites is a more reliable source and would be a better source of information to use in an academic research paper. Be ready to answer why.
Begin researching the topic you chose for your TKAM research. Use this Google Doc to write out your research notes.
For this assignment you will be looking for information that will support your position on a issue. You will need to find facts that support this point of view as well as information that supports the opposing view so you can refute it.
Library Catalog - The library has many books on controversial issues including some ebooks.
Online Databases - We have a number of online databases that can be accessed in the library or at home. Contact the librarian for passwords.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - Viewpoint articles have both pro and con articles that support different viewpoints for commonly researched issues as well as statistics and news articles.
Lexis Nexis - This database is used by researchers and debaters for finding the most current information from print and web sources.
Google - Use Google to help find the key words related to your issue. A great tool to use is Wonder Wheel. Wonder Wheel takes a search terms and creates a concept map that will include other commonly searched terms related to your issue.
ProCon.org - ProCon.org is a non-profit that provides unbiased information about controversial issues. Includes statistics from reputable sources.
FactCheck.org - This non-profit organization is sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation and provides a nonpartisan view of current events and topics.
Multnomah County Library Social Issues Guide - This webliography from the Multnomah County Library has lots of links to information on over 3 dozen current issues.
Yahoo! Issues and Causes - Yahoo has a subject directory (created by humans!) where they have put together a webliography of useful sites related to social issues.
Infotopia Social Issues - This portal contains links to many webliographies with links to pages related to social issues.
Schmoop - Here's an alternative to Spark Notes. This website has been created by students from Stanford and Berkeley and has sections that cover literature, U.S. history and poetry.
http://www.procon.org/ - Controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.
OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/677/01/ - Lots of useful information about how to write and research better. Also good information on citing sources.
Updated MLA from Diana Hacker- http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_o.html - Hacker's guide has lots of examples and up to date information.
The Harvard Writing Center - http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/resources.html - Handouts that cover all aspects of writing.