Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blog Post 11

This semester, this library class had a lot of information taught and learned. The library ethnography was actually a useful assignment. It did teach me how to easily look up books in the library which I had not known before. I think this should be kept for future semesters. It was an easy assignment that helped give me the knowledge for looking the books up. I think the topics were taught at an equal and good time paste. I do understand that all the assignments given were for a purpose of learning, but I think that it was a bit too much work given for this class. But overall, the information taught in this class is and will be useful for all of my present and future classes. Some of the information taught I already had a basic knowledge of it or knew well, but of course there was some stuff I learned as well. The different formats we have learned are also going to be useful to future classes when doing papers and making sure I cite my sources. It is also important how to find credible sources when doing research papers. This will be a key concept that I have learned that will help me even more to make sure I do great research and do it correctly.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Facebookistan extra credit

The Facebook Show is talking about the controversial life and privacy issues about Facebook. In the Facebook verses Europe segment, the guy, Bob Garfield, and the lady, Brooke Gladstone, talks about how Europe is more sensitive about privacy concerning FB and how they made FB do changes. There was a guy that asked FB to give him all of his information dealing with FB. He realized how some of the data they gave him was not all of the data about him and that even post that he deleted was not deleted. It also talks about how FB deals with data and does not fully do what they are suppose to do. This also includes how FB collects data on non-members as well. And even because of all of this stuff going on, there have been many Europeans that have requested their data and now because of it, FB will make something where someone can get their data and they don’t have to be in Europe. They also speak on how FB needs to inform members of the data they are collecting and that if a person in college takes pictures that are not appropriate, and in the future wants to remove the pictures, they will disappear. We should definitely care about this and know that this is important because this can affect people in the future especially when they are trying to get a job. If a person has picture they want to remove, they should be able to remove them. And we have a right to know that FB is collecting data on us and to know the data that they are collecting. Another segment is talking about the like button. It explains the different aspects of the like button and why do we like things. Another segment is about FB fight against the epiphanator, and they this manufacture epiphanies. The guy talks about we befriend people to see our lives. The first segment relates to these two it is all about privacy. When the last one talks about befriending people, you are letting them know some of your private information you may put on there. The like button makes you keeps a count of your data and with this, it can be privacy. They all reflect a sense of privacy that FB does not know, but I guess they are or will.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reviewing types of Sources

With a book as a source, a person will find background information on a specific topic and more in depth information. A book, depending on if it is creditable, is a great source to use in a research paper because I think you can’t go wrong with a book. If a person has a research paper on past events, a book would help more because of the background information and goes in to details on that subject. A person can use a book in their research very easily because of the information the book contains. There is so much information that a person can quote key incidents in the research topic. With a blog post, you can find a person’s opinion on the research topic. Depending on whom the person is and what your topic is about, a blog post can be a good source. If your research topic is about something medical and the blog post is by a well-known creditable medical doctor, you can use that doctor’s blog post in your research paper. You can find an expert on a subject by scholarly journal articles. You will have good information as far as research on the specific topic. It can also be a great source if you are looking at recent topics because you have an expert’s ideas on that topic. You can use them as important parts to your research paper as well. With Wikipedia, you can also find background information on a specific topic and details on it. I think the only reason that makes it a bad source is because anyone can write and edit an article. Other than that, Wikipedia can be used in your research paper by just using some general information about the topic. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

In class assignment 10/29

How I found the Medical article:

  • went to library homepage
  • clicked on Galileo and Databases
  • clicked on search 
  • copied and pasted the title of the article in the search bar
  • it was the first link 
  • clicked on the email tab and emailed it

Homework 10/29

An annotated bibliography is a list of books or articles with notes, which includes a summary of the sources. An annotated bibliography consists of three major parts, which are a citation, a summary and an annotation. With the citation, it just consists of about one or two lines, depending on which citation the professor wants. The summary is no more than a few sentences, while the annotation is the rest of the annotated bibliography. This is when I include most of my information about the topic. I would say how and why the annotated bibliography is important and how it relates and ties into my research topic. I believe the reason why you want us to write an annotated bibliography is because as the guy in the video said, it makes us do our research early and we learn how to do research selectively and carefully. And of course, we learn about how to correctly research topics. It helps us learn about our topic further and the research that has already been done. Another thing it helps with is preparing us for a research project. If we do this, we have an idea of where we want to go and more details on our research project.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog 10/24

The topics we have covered in this class have been additional information on things that I have learned in another class. In college, the professors, especially the English professors, have pushed plagiarism into the students mind in order for them not to plagiarize. It is important because there are serious consequences for plagiarism in college and I believe the professors try to avoid those in order to help the students. With library research, these topics are all related as far as looking up information the correct way. With the knowledge learned in this class, applying it to other classes will be simple. The information learned is basic knowledge for all types of research that should be applied. The information is not hard but it is a lot of information to know and keep in mind when doing research. If a person does not follow the guidelines of the basic information, it depends on the severity of it and what can be done to handle the situation. Because we are in college now, we are considered adults and our consequences for bad actions are more severe than what it would be if we were still in high school. These are basic skills people should know and apply to all types of research. I have a clear understanding and I have no questions.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012