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Introducing the research process and information literacy to English 102 students studing food and globalism, Spring 2009

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  • INTRODUCINGRESEARCH
    Elaine Fleming's
    English 102
    Spring 2009
  • Start with a Broad Topic
    The assigned general topic: Food, Globalization, and the “Locavore” local food movement.
  • Pick a Focus
  • Narrow Your Focus
    Business/Economic Issues
    Fair Trade and Developing Economies
    Farmers Markets and Local Economies
    Financial Cost of Negative Climate/Health Impacts
    Cultural/Humanistic Implications
    The Loss of Regional Cultural Uniqueness
    Shared Cultural Understanding through Food
    Health/Science Impacts
    People
    Mass-Produced Foods and Hunger Alleviation
    Mass-Produced Foods and Obesity
    Traditional Indigenous Foods & Health
    Climate
    Carbon Footprints and Global Warming
    Pros and Cons of Eating Locally
  • Example: Narrowing the Topic
  • Before You Search…
    Do you have a specific or well-developed question, idea, or thesis-statement?
    …OR…
    Do you have a vague or very general idea of what you want to research?
  • General Idea
    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.”
    Pick out the main concepts.
    If it helps in your pre-research stage, write a possible thesis statement.
  • Thesis Statement: The Point
    Sums up your paper.
    Gives the reader a brief overview of what you hope to tell them.
    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.
  • Example: Thesis Statement
    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:
    Coca Cola contributes to unhealthiness through globalism, including in Indigenous communities.
  • Example: Thesis Statement
    Find possible search terms by isolating specific concepts
    Coca Cola contributes to unhealthiness through globalism, including in Indigenous communities.
    Possible Search Terms:
    Coca Cola
    Unhealthiness
    Globalism
    Indigenous communities
  • Where to Find Information
    Print Materials
    Books
    Magazines
    Newspapers
    Encyclopedias
    Electronic Resources
    Databases
    Websites
    Human Resources
    Experts
    Researchers
  • Library Resources
    LLTC Library
    http://www.northstarcatalog.org/common/welcome.jsp?site=100&context=leechcollege
    KRLS Public Library System
    http://kitchicat.krls.org
    BSU A. C. Clarke Library
    Reciprocal usage agreement
    http://bsu.mnpals.net
  • Print Resources: Books
    May be specifically on topic:
    Richard Wilk’sFast Food/Slow Food: The Cultural Economy of the Global Food System (available at BSU)
    May be tangentially-related to topic:
    The Minnesota Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes (available through KRLS)
    Check the table of contents(front of the book) and the index (back of the book)!
  • Print Resources: Articles
    Search newspapers, magazines, journals
    Articles searchable online:
    Electronic databases available through LLTC
    Newspapers available in print and online
    Google Scholar
  • Electronic Resources: Articles
    Electronic databases available through LLTC
    EBSCO
    ProQuest Newspapers
    INFOTRAC
    News sources available online:
    CNN, MSNBC
    National Public Radio
    Newspapers (Anishinaabeg Today, Bemidji Pioneer, Star Tribune)
    Google Scholar
    http://scholar.google.com
  • Things to Keep in Mind
    Some personal web pages may contain biased or incorrect information.
    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.
  • More Things to Keep in Mind
    Evaluate sources on their:
    Accuracy
    Does the source contain errors or mistakes or non-factual information?
    Authority
    Was the author a credible expert? Was the webpage from an official organization?
    Currency
    When was the information source created or last updated?
  • People Are Resources, Too!
    Ask questions and interview experts:
    Cass Lake Farmers Market
    Dennis Montgomery (LLTC instructor)
    Harmony Co-Op in Bemidji
    Headwaters Food Sovereignty Council
    Leech Lake Nutrition Services
    North Country Farmers Market
    Gardeners and growers who purposefully choose to sell or to eat locally-harvested meats and produce
  • If You Have Any Questions:
    About the assignment itself, contact your instructor Elaine.
    About research and resources, ask
    Elaine
    Your library staff