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1 Publish or Pear-ish Moving through research in the 21 st century Michael DavisMillard West Photo from:

2 My Agenda: A word of disclosure Past images New images Process Intended results Discussion/Q&A

3 What we are trying to avoid: Frazz by Jef MallettSeptember 22, 2009 (Comics.com)

4 The image I used to use…and still do at times: Photo from:

5 The image Im trying to convert to: Photo from:

6 …and heres why: Photo from: A pear is better for you!

7 They are alike SMALL AT THE TOP FULL AT THE BOTTOM

8 The differences WATER AT THE TOP WATER AT THE BOTTOM ITS ALL JUST WATER INPUT FROM THE TOP You have to go deep to get to the core

9 The process: Start with a thesis Choosing a format to follow CARS Notetaking/validation Structure

10 Thesis It is a controlling idea – This is nothing new However… – It should be a controlling idea from the start Fighting a good fight – Like a topic sentence, all research should go back to the thesis – Reassure them that through the process it can and should change

11 Thesis Places to go: – Empire State College Empire State College – Capital Community College, Hartford, CT Capital Community College, Hartford, CT

12 Choosing a format: MLAModern Language Association – They will gladly sell you their stuff They will gladly sell you their stuff Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) – Has a few discrepancies, but is a format Has a few discrepancies, but is a format APAAmerican Psychology Association – Another widely used formatting system Another widely used formatting system The bottom line is to choose on and stick with it

13 CARSa system developed through the Millard Public Schools Speech Communication Teachers CREDIBILITY ACCURACY REASONABLENESS SUPPORT

14 CARSa system developed through the Millard Public Schools Speech Communication Teachers CREDIBILITY – evidence of authenticity and reliability Authors Credentials Evidence of Quality Control – professional peer reviews, etc. Lacks when… – Anonymity – No indication of reviews – One-sided reviews (biased) – Red flags: like bad grammar, etc.

15 CARSa system developed through the Millard Public Schools Speech Communication Teachers ACCURACY – the information is actually correct Factual Timely Comprehensive Lacks when… – No dates, or old dates – Assertions are vague – Generalized language – One-sided information

16 CARSa system developed through the Millard Public Schools Speech Communication Teachers REASONABLENESS Fairness Objectivity Moderateness Consistency of information World view perspective Lacks with… – Intemperate tone or language – Over-claims and hyperbole – Sweeping, generalized statements – Conflict of interest

17 CARSa system developed through the Millard Public Schools Speech Communication Teachers SUPPORTsource and corroboration information Corroborationsupport from other sources Triangulate findings – Three is a magic number External consistency Lacks with… – Stats with no source – Absence of documentation – No corroborative source(s)

18 Heres what I use: ALTERNATIVE SOURCE USE APPLICATION: Using the criteria below, completely justify your request to us an alternative sourcebe sure to address all points. Credibility Trustworthy source, the quality of evidence and argument, authors credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source; a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it. Accuracy Up-to-date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday); a source that gives the whole truth. Reasonableness Fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably; a source concerned with the truth. Support Listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made; a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it). Mine

19 My way of putting things together: My adaptation to the note card system:

20 My way of putting things together: My adaptation to the note card system:

21 My way of putting things together: Full document

22 A brief word on structure: I prefer a system of three: – One piece of evidence is chance – Two shows a coincidence – Three shows a pattern – After all, a stool needs at least three legs to stand on its own

23 Paragraphs Concrete Detail : Commentary One Concrete Detail – A students statement of truth based on research Needs TWO Commentaries – Facts from actual source(s) Full Document

24 Paragraphs Body Paragraph Format (11 sentences, 100+ words) FORMAT: Topic Sentence (TS) CD could start with For example … CM CD could start with In addition … CM CD could start with Furthermore … CM Concluding Sentence

25 Back to our pear… Photo from: A pear is better for us all! The stem is the source of information Research is a growing process Growth cant stop before the it is done Products need to get to the core

26 Q & A


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