Photo Scavenger Hunt: the Death of Gaddafi

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Imagining the research process as a sort of "scavenger hunt," guided by research questions. The death of Muammar Gaddafi is used as an example topic.

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Photo Scavenger Hunt: the Death of Gaddafi

  1. 1. A Photo “Scavenger Hunt”: Starting a Research ProjectSunday, October 23, 11
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  6. 6. What do I do next? • I’ve got a topic: images of the death of Gaddafi. Now I need to figure out an argument. I’ll then need to do a lot of research. • It helps to ask some questions to guide research. For example: • Where were the images of Gaddafi’s death first shown? • How did this compare to, say, the death of Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden? • How does the death of Gaddafi compare to the arguments than Sontag made? • Who took these pictures? • Then, I can start doing some research.Sunday, October 23, 11
  7. 7. Beginning the research: • Wikipedia is a fine place to start, but it doesn’t count toward your sources. Check the sources cited at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry, and track those down. • Remember--you can’t Google your way to a paper. You’ll have to use the library resources to find the kinds of detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative evidence you’ll need. • Incorporate Sontag/Berger/Barthes early on. Consider doing more research on their ideas as well.Sunday, October 23, 11

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