G ILL LIBR A RY
THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE
RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
LITERACY ENG 216 A
SESSION 2

 Finding and Refining ...
CHOOSE A RESEARCH
TOPIC
 What interests you
• Something in the news?
• A personal or professional experience
• Something ...
For example:

 “Norman…while watching news reports of the Iraq War, noticed
dry and barren land, yet history had taught h...
 Browsing in National Geographic Norman finds an article
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/05/0518_crescent_2....
He also learns that:

 Before satellites assessing environmental damage depended
upon each government’s “willingness and ...
POSSIBLE SCHOLARLY
APPROACHES
1) the ethics the world’s distribution of water
2) the history of the global water shortage
...
YOUR TURN
 Pick a topic based related to the Social Sciences
• Personal interest
• Recent News
• Conversations in person ...
CONCEPT MAPPING
 Go to our Web site
 Session 2 Video on Concept Mapping
USE TOOLS TO FIND
AND DEVELOP IDEAS
 Encore Red Box on Library Homepage
 Classic Catalog Subject Search
 Online Subject...
EXERCISE ON CONCEPT
MAPPING
SEE HANDOUT
THE THESIS STATEMENT
A THESIS:
• Is a short statement summarizing the primary idea
of your paper
• Consists of one or two sentences
• Appears a...
Types of Theses covered in LTCA

•
•
•
•

Argumentative Essay (Persuasive)
Cause and Effect Essay (Explanatory)
Comparison...
HOW TO CREATE A THESIS
 Determine
•
•
•
•

The type of paper you are required to create
Your Topic
Your Claim or Opinion
...
Let’s look at the
Argumentative Essay
ARGUMENTATIVE OR
PERSUASIVE ESSAY
 “An argumentative or persuasive piece of writing must begin
with a debatable thesis or...
KEEP IT NARROW
 Your argument should be specific
• Too Broad: Drug Use is Detrimental for Society

• Narrower, more speci...
REMEMBER
 Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only
what you will discuss in your paper and should be...
Sa ril session 2
Sa ril session 2
Sa ril session 2
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Sa ril session 2

245

Published on

Published in: Education, Technology
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
245
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
1
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Sa ril session 2

  1. 1. G ILL LIBR A RY THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION LITERACY ENG 216 A SESSION 2  Finding and Refining Your Topic in Literature and Social Sciences  Drafting a Thesis/ Research Proposal
  2. 2. CHOOSE A RESEARCH TOPIC  What interests you • Something in the news? • A personal or professional experience • Something you have always wanted to know more about  Approach that topic from a scholarly perspective
  3. 3. For example:  “Norman…while watching news reports of the Iraq War, noticed dry and barren land, yet history had taught him that this land between the Tigres and the Euphrates rivers was formerly a land of fruit and honey….What happened to it?  Norman’s interest = world’s water supply Excerpted from Lester and Lester. Writing Research Papers. Page 10
  4. 4.  Browsing in National Geographic Norman finds an article http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/05/0518_crescent_2.html The following is excerpted from the link above. He learns: Satellite technology shows:  Over the last 40 years more than 30 + large dams have been built that reduce available water and eliminate nourishing floodwaters  Resulting in damage to the marshlands and devastation to wildlife  And reducing the water supply to the residents
  5. 5. He also learns that:  Before satellites assessing environmental damage depended upon each government’s “willingness and ability to investigate conditions in their country.”  Satellite technology now allows a clearer and more accessible picture on environmental damage. Norman’s question has expanded to include many considerations
  6. 6. POSSIBLE SCHOLARLY APPROACHES 1) the ethics the world’s distribution of water 2) the history of the global water shortage 3) environmental implications of the global water crisis 4) social implications of the global water crisis 5) the politics of assessing environmental damage
  7. 7. YOUR TURN  Pick a topic based related to the Social Sciences • Personal interest • Recent News • Conversations in person or through a social network • A subject covered in another class • Something you have always wanted to know about
  8. 8. CONCEPT MAPPING  Go to our Web site  Session 2 Video on Concept Mapping
  9. 9. USE TOOLS TO FIND AND DEVELOP IDEAS  Encore Red Box on Library Homepage  Classic Catalog Subject Search  Online Subject Directory  Online Discussion Groups: Humanities and Social Sciences Net Online  Internet Keyword Search
  10. 10. EXERCISE ON CONCEPT MAPPING SEE HANDOUT
  11. 11. THE THESIS STATEMENT
  12. 12. A THESIS: • Is a short statement summarizing the primary idea of your paper • Consists of one or two sentences • Appears at the start of your paper, usually the last sentence in your introductory paragraph • Is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence. • Is a roadmap for your readers! • It gives your paper organization and clarity
  13. 13. Types of Theses covered in LTCA • • • • Argumentative Essay (Persuasive) Cause and Effect Essay (Explanatory) Comparison and Contrast Essay (Analytical) Literary Research Paper (Research) • What does your assignment require of you: • Persuasion, analysis, reflection, research, make a claim
  14. 14. HOW TO CREATE A THESIS  Determine • • • • The type of paper you are required to create Your Topic Your Claim or Opinion Identify all relevant points to support your claim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sx42_C10zw
  15. 15. Let’s look at the Argumentative Essay
  16. 16. ARGUMENTATIVE OR PERSUASIVE ESSAY  “An argumentative or persuasive piece of writing must begin with a debatable thesis or claim… something that people could reasonably have differing opinions on.” • Not debatable: Pollution is bad for the environment Vs • Debatable: America’s anti-pollution efforts should focus on privately owned cars In this example there is also room for disagreement between rational individuals. Some ..might think focusing on recycling programs rather than private automobiles is the most effective strategy. • Don’t avoid the opposite opinions… Be prepared for them so you can make your paper stronger!” Excerpted from The Owl at Purdue (read more)
  17. 17. KEEP IT NARROW  Your argument should be specific • Too Broad: Drug Use is Detrimental for Society • Narrower, more specific: Illegal drug use is detrimental because it encourages gang violence.
  18. 18. REMEMBER  Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.  Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
  1. A particular slide catching your eye?

    Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.

×