ENG 102 Locavore Research Intro


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ENG 102 Locavore Research Intro

  1. 1. INTRODUCINGRESEARCH<br />Elaine Fleming&apos;s<br />English 102<br />Spring 2009<br />
  2. 2. Start with a Broad Topic<br />The assigned general topic: Food, Globalization, and the “Locavore” local food movement.<br />
  3. 3. Pick a Focus<br />
  4. 4. Narrow Your Focus<br />Business/Economic Issues<br />Fair Trade and Developing Economies<br />Farmers Markets and Local Economies<br />Financial Cost of Negative Climate/Health Impacts<br />Cultural/Humanistic Implications<br />The Loss of Regional Cultural Uniqueness<br />Shared Cultural Understanding through Food<br />Health/Science Impacts<br />People<br />Mass-Produced Foods and Hunger Alleviation<br />Mass-Produced Foods and Obesity<br />Traditional Indigenous Foods & Health<br />Climate<br />Carbon Footprints and Global Warming<br />Pros and Cons of Eating Locally<br />
  5. 5. Example: Narrowing the Topic<br />
  6. 6. Before You Search…<br />Do you have a specific or well-developed question, idea, or thesis-statement?<br /> …OR… <br />Do you have a vague or very general idea of what you want to research?<br />
  7. 7. General Idea<br />EXAMPLE:“I think I want to do something about Coca Cola and how it’s an example of globalism and what its effects are on communities.”<br />Pick out the main concepts.<br />If it helps in your pre-research stage, write a possible thesis statement.<br />
  8. 8. Thesis Statement: The Point<br />Sums up your paper.<br />Gives the reader a brief overview of what you hope to tell them.<br />You can start out with one thesis statement in the prewriting or research stage and end up with a totally different one in your final paper.<br />
  9. 9. Example: Thesis Statement<br />If you want to do a paper on how Coca Cola may be contributing to global health problems, you can write a thesis statement like:<br />Coca Cola contributes to unhealthiness through globalism, including in Indigenous communities.<br />
  10. 10. Example: Thesis Statement<br />Find possible search terms by isolating specific concepts<br />Coca Cola contributes to unhealthiness through globalism, including in Indigenous communities.<br />Possible Search Terms:<br />Coca Cola<br />Unhealthiness<br />Globalism<br />Indigenous communities<br />
  11. 11. Where to Find Information<br />Print Materials<br />Books<br />Magazines<br />Newspapers<br />Encyclopedias<br />Electronic Resources<br />Databases<br />Websites<br />Human Resources<br />Experts<br />Researchers<br />
  12. 12. Library Resources<br />LLTC Library<br />http://www.northstarcatalog.org/common/welcome.jsp?site=100&context=leechcollege<br />KRLS Public Library System<br />http://kitchicat.krls.org<br />BSU A. C. Clarke Library<br />Reciprocal usage agreement<br />http://bsu.mnpals.net<br />
  13. 13. Print Resources: Books<br />May be specifically on topic:<br />Richard Wilk’sFast Food/Slow Food: The Cultural Economy of the Global Food System (available at BSU)<br />May be tangentially-related to topic:<br />The Minnesota Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes (available through KRLS)<br />Check the table of contents(front of the book) and the index (back of the book)!<br />
  14. 14. Print Resources: Articles<br />Search newspapers, magazines, journals<br />Articles searchable online:<br />Electronic databases available through LLTC<br />Newspapers available in print and online<br />Google Scholar<br />
  15. 15. Electronic Resources: Articles<br />Electronic databases available through LLTC<br />EBSCO<br />ProQuest Newspapers<br />INFOTRAC<br />News sources available online:<br />CNN, MSNBC<br />National Public Radio<br />Newspapers (Anishinaabeg Today, Bemidji Pioneer, Star Tribune)<br />Google Scholar<br />http://scholar.google.com<br />
  16. 16. Things to Keep in Mind<br />Some personal web pages may contain biased or incorrect information.<br />Wikipedia is not a good academic research source, because anyone can change or edit the articles, making it unreliable. Use it as a starting point but double-check with trustworthy sources.<br />
  17. 17. More Things to Keep in Mind<br />Evaluate sources on their:<br />Accuracy<br />Does the source contain errors or mistakes or non-factual information?<br />Authority<br />Was the author a credible expert? Was the webpage from an official organization?<br />Currency<br />When was the information source created or last updated?<br />
  18. 18. People Are Resources, Too!<br />Ask questions and interview experts:<br />Cass Lake Farmers Market<br />Dennis Montgomery (LLTC instructor)<br />Harmony Co-Op in Bemidji<br />Headwaters Food Sovereignty Council<br />Leech Lake Nutrition Services<br />North Country Farmers Market<br />Gardeners and growers who purposefully choose to sell or to eat locally-harvested meats and produce<br />
  19. 19. If You Have Any Questions:<br />About the assignment itself, contact your instructor Elaine.<br />About research and resources, ask<br />Elaine<br />Your library staff<br />