Assignment Idea: February 2010 Archives

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I like this idea of "doing research like a professor"--seems like a good way to frame research--we should create such a page!

Writing a Paper? Try These 7 Research Tips
February 10, 2010 05:39 PM ET | Lynn F. Jacobs, Jeremy S. Hyman
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/professors-guide/2010/02/10/writing-a-paper-try-these-7-research-tips.html

Once in a while you get hit with it: the 15- to 25-page research paper, also called the term paper or semester project. This is your chance to join the community of the 20 percent or so of college professors who are actually doing research. How do they do it? And how can you? Have a look at our seven best tips for doing research like a professor:

1. Start from where you are.
2. Think E.
3. Discover WorldCat.
4. Learn the shortcuts.
5. Use the resources that live and breathe.
6. Learn about ILL.
7. Look for "gateway" sources.

"Recently, the makers of Prezi have made this product free for educational use, so anyone with a "dot-edu" e-mail address can use it at no cost." Read more: Prezi in information literacy instruction http://edserv.gmu.edu/?p=129
Wonder if students can create these too? Anyone played around with this yet?
research_annual_report.jpgI wonder if you could build and assignment or simulation/tutorial from the money a researcher on the U campus brings in for a grant to the article they publish in a journal. Would it be a good story?

Here is a link to the annual research report written by OVPR: http://www.research.umn.edu/report.html. I suppose you could use a previous year's report to actually see something published.

Also then ask students to brainstorm and reflect on this money trail for other sources they find.

It would be interested to create two different one's--one for something published in an open access journal and one in a non-open access journal. Wonder if you could find a convincing story in that?

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