Writing With Substance: You Can Haz it! SRSLY!

Reading and Writing: Assignment 2

For Assignment 2, you'll need to take what you just learned in the page and videos about using databases for academic research and apply it.

1. Access the library databases either through the University portal or through the library homepage (either way, you'll need to log in at some point); find the alphabetical index of databases and choose one that you think would provide useful sources on the subject of online privacy and/or the related subject of student data. 

2. Then conduct multiple searches to find sources. Although you may take the exact approach as I did in the videos, I'd like you to do at least some searches that allow you to explore your options more widely and to get different results. Accordingly, you should try different databases, different search terms, or other possibilities, and see what you find. Our class is discussing privacy in relation to college students and to universities in general, so you might supply quite a variety of terms and still find something relevant to our needs. For instance "college students" and "data," or "Facebook" and "terms and conditions," or "universities" and "FERPA," all have different emphases, but they would probably turn up some of the same material and quite a bit of unique material as well. Be sure you take care to search for peer-reviewed work and limit your search to articles rather than abstracts or reviews. 

3. Choose two articles that you can access in full-text online and read them. Take notes as you read, either in a separate place or in printed copies. You may be asked to submit/show these notes for additional credit when we meet in class next, so please take this step seriously. 

4. Open a document. You will produce an annotated bibliography, a list that includes the publication information (a citation/bibliographical entry) for each article followed by a paragraph that summarizes the articles arguments. If the database in which you found these articles includes an abstract, please do not simply copy and paste that paragraph into your document! Instead, read the articles yourself and write at least four sentences that explain what you learned in your own words. A helpful bibliographical entry will give readers not only a sense of what the author(s) argue, but also how they make the argument and the basic trajectory of evidence and examples that it takes.

5. Proofread your document and upload it to the submission link on Blackboard. 

6. This assignment should be submitted by the time our class begins.

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