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Thursday, October 11, 2012

1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

WR 122, Mein *ac

Instructor's Name: Gardner Mein
Instructor e-mail: gardner.mein15@pcc.edu
Instructor's Phone: 971-722-3562
Instructor's Location: Cascade
Refer to me as: Gardner
Preferred contact: e-mail
Course no. or title: WR 122
Course CRN: 43207
# of students: 30
ADA provisions needed: no
Preferred Date: 2012-10-09
Alternate Date: 2012-10-11
Preferred Time: 1:00 pm
Alternate Time: 2:00 pm
Duration: 50
If other:
Do you need time to discuss non-library matters with your class on the day of
library instruction? No
If yes please specify:
Assignment description and sample topics: There are two assigned research
papers. Both are persuasive, requiring the writer a) to inform the reader of
the details of a current debate; and b) to argue on behalf of one side. The
Issue Paper assignment asks students to find a narrowed topic under one of
these broad topic areas - censorship, education, US immigration, and gender
issues - and write a 1500+ word persuasive research paper that uses at least
six outside sources. This is due 12/4. There is also a second shorter
persuasive research called an Independent Project. This can be on a topic of
the students' choosing as long as they clear it with me. This one is 1200+
words and needs to use only three outside sources. It is due 11/27.
Students will be able to (check all that apply):
- Develop a search strategy based on their research topics (15 minutes)
- Perform an efficient search of the library catalog for books and other
materials (15 minutes)
- Differentiate between scholarly journals and magazines (15 minutes)
Other notes: I'd like my students to hear - from someone besides me - that
it's crucial to find a good topic early since this will not only make for a
stronger paper but will also make their lives easier. Also, it would be great
if the person giving this orientation could discuss the idea of doing
research before one has a topic, in order to find the topic. Thanks very
much. Please let me know if there's anything else you'd like from me.

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