Joseph D. Bruemmer
William L. Mangrum
COMP 150/Section 11
4, December 2014
Before today, I didn’t know a thing about how to utilize our library’s resources. I did know the importance of using reliable sources to back up an argument, but I never was quite sure how to tell if it was reliable.
google power maps
- I must back up my argument in an academic and social setting
- Knowledge graph comes from linked data
- Wikipedia is good for quick social info but I shouldn’t always use it in my papers
- I must find out the affiliation, and position of the author
- If I click the gray letters next to the site I can the position of the author
- I must understand both sides of the argument
- If the website is well organized it may be a credible
- Look for an “About Us” page on the website
- I must also find the authority, authorship, and currency of a source to decide if it is credible
- A site with lots of ads is not a good indicator for reliability
- In Wikipedia I can find the Currency of a source by looking in references
- To learn more about the page go to further readings
- I can also find discussions and citations in the Talk section of Wikipedia
- Academics can site their own work but it can’t be the same for websites
- The top paragraph of the Wikipedia page distinguishes the topic you are searching for
- Google scholar has more scholarly material
- I can also go to Library Resources, search for peer reviewed articles, and use the encyclopedia as a research starter
- I can limit my search to books, magazines, ect
- References are embedded inside an article and at the end of the page
- I can go to the Reed Library advanced login and access articles from outside of campus.
- It will ask for my last name and 900 number but I will have to update my Skycard every semester
- We are paying for what the Library has to offer so we should use it
- This prevents confrontations with professors and teaches you how to use academic resources
This lesson on citing sources is exactly what I need to choose reliable resources. This knowledge will not only help me when I am presenting my studies to the classroom but also when I will be scrutinizing the arguments of others. I think that outside of school, the act of simply knowing where my information is coming from will help me behave in a more knowledgeable and logical manner.
Today we did another peculiar writing assignment where we tried to connect the words cat, cube, fuzzy, button and table by writing nonstop for twenty minutes. Since the goal of this assignment was to connect everything and not write separate paragraphs, I will try to do the same for this blog post as well as everything else I will be writing. I really like these writing assignments and hope to see more of them in the future. I think that because the objects we write about are so obscure, it teaches our brains to think differently and imagine scenarios that are very creative.
The first paper that was read was written by Sammy. His story was of two people who could not find there cat, and after looking found him in the television. The class concluded that the ways that Sammy could improve his writing was by rearranging the plot so that there is more mystery involved in finding the cat. Bill then mentions three of the five cannons with #1 being invention, #2 arrangement and #3 style. Bill then says that we will see our papers improve if we pay more attention to our writing style and arrangement of our papers.
The next person to read their writings aloud was Rob. He managed to introduce a problem and then solve it when he said “The only problem was”. This showed us that in some cases we should throw some mystery in to the essay and drag it out until it is then solved. We should again think of the audience and write about a problem that they are interested in.
I liked Josh’s paper the most because it was very funny and dramatic. Josh introduced tension in the first two sentences of his essay. This got everyone’s attention. The only thing that I saw was wrong with his writing was when he introduces the god named table. He obviously came up with this name randomly and just threw it in to his essay. Bill tells us that we cannot just grab a random word or quote and throw it in to our essays. We must instead Prepare the audience for the quote, Insert the quote, and finally Explain it (PIE). Other than that minor detail I think that Josh was able to write a surprisingly good storyline in only twenty minutes
Jessika goes into great detail about the location in which here story is set. She also introduces much tension into here story.
This class taught me a lot today about how to write a good paper. I think that the rule of PIE (Prepare, Insert, Explain) will especially come in handy for the upcoming assignments. I also learned that when writing a mystery (or any story) I must think about how the structure of my paper to increase suspense.
This essay has to be less than 200 words? This is going to be difficult but I think that I can do it. Since I am talking about myself I must talk about music because the massive role it has played in my life.
I began to learn how to play the violin when I was eleven and branched out until at the age of eighteen I play the ukulele, guitar, charango and mandolin. Music is truly my passion and each new instrument I learn is like a puzzle that I must completely understand and put together. Though I love music I do not think I will major in it and will just keep it as a hobby.
When it comes to my classes and my major I am just another student who is undeclared. I am quite interested in Biology and I also want to become a photographer.
After college I plan on travelling the world. I will probably just set off with a friend or two and travel. I especially interested in seeing eastern Europe, South Africa and the Phillipines. I also plan on making my money through the ancient art of busking while living on the road.
The main topic of this class was being serious about our education and discussing the problems we have been having in this class. Something that I learned from this class that I can use out in the world is the ability to listen and truly comprehend what is being said. If you have a conversation with a person and if they say anything intelligent than the next step would be to write the saying down on a piece of paper so that you don’t forget. After doing this you can have the opportunity to give your own opinion about what he just said thus making knowledge. By doing this, you are the process of becoming a scholar seriously and have created knowledge
Todays class was not like the other classes that have been held. The objective of todays class was to write for ten minutes without stopping and present our writings to the class. For our first writing we got to decide what we were writing about. I chose to write about what my trip to Utah. When I looked through my notes from today I realized that in this ten minutes I managed to write some very good notes (in less time) than if I had simply waited for the right words to come to me. I feel like this assignment isn’t just something that I can do in the classroom but it is also something that I could use when I am brainstorming for essays or writing journal entries. The next writing assignment was to write about candy, the apocalypse and our left foot. Unlike the first writing, when I looked at it today I could not tell what I was trying to say. I understood the parts about the apocalypse and candy but when it came to my left foot I was lost. I did see that I was trying to get very philosophical about my foot but could not understand the connection that it had with the personalities of everyone in the classroom. Bill pointed out that for this assignment a few people wrote one paragraph about their foot, another about the apocalypse and a final one about candy. Most of the class mixed all of their writings together by trying to connect it all together instead of writing about these topics in individual genres. I think that this is what Bill wants us to do seeing that for the past few classes have talked about connection. Now that I am better prepared, I hope to see more writing assignments like this in the future.
Bill has noticed that some of the self-assessments were not as thought out and critical as they could have been. The point is then brought up that he these people are not taking this class as seriously as everyone else. In order to get to the true meaning we must defining the word “serious”. This sounds easy but is not as simple as one might think. To me serious means to be willing to learn, improve and expand on certain topics. Have I been taking my college education seriously? yes most definitely. In my homeschooling curriculum I received a very low ACT score and a very high GPA. This means that my college GPA cant dip below a B or else I will lose the New Mexico Lottery tuition money. I must take college seriously or else I cannot pay for my education.