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

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