FOUN090-49 START IT UP!
November 4, 1999
FINAL PROJECT ASSIGNMENT
Write a 7-10 page paper on the topic you have selected (and I have approved). In your paper, make sure that you explain to the reader the importance or significance of your topic and how the aspect of technology you are discussing interacts with cultural, social, economic, historical, legal, or other issues. Your paper should provide substantive references to discussions in Cairncross, Zuboff, Barber, or other course readings which set the context, define the issue, or add supplemental information to your research. Your research should include both Internet and library resources and utilize data where possible.
In a 4-5 page Resources Appendix, discuss the resources you used in your research. Assess the information. Compare and contrast the relative values of Internet and library resources. Use the articles and worksheets handed out in class as a basis for your discussion.
There will be several phases of this project where you will have particular parts of the assignment due. Each will be accompanied with guidelines and will receive feedback from the instructor. The phases include an examination of web resources; library resources; a draft of the paper and resource analysis; the final paper and resource analysis; and your contribution to a discussion of web and library resources you encountered and evaluated in your research.
Phase I: Paper Topic Selection
Before class next Tuesday (November 9th), please begin thinking and brainstorming about a topic you would like to investigate (research). The topic must be related to technology, so themes might include technology and culture, technology and society, technology and economics, technology and the production of knowledge, or the politics of technology.
Clearly after choosing one of these themes, you will need to narrow the focus even more. You may choose a topic we've already discussed in class, one you have encountered as you prepared journal entries, or one that is addressed in the readings. Please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or want to discuss your ideas before coming to class.)
Part II: Web Resources
After selecting your topic please begin your research by examining information available on-line, or from web or resources. On Thursday, November 11th, hand (or e-mail) to me a list of Internet sources which you might use in your paper. This list should contain at least 10 sources you have reviewed in some detail. With each source write a descriptive sentence or two about the strengths or weaknesses of the site. In a summary paragraph, briefly characterize the kind and amount of information about your topic you were able to access from the Web. (Please note who created the site, the source of the information, any bias that might be prevalent in the information for use in your Research Appendix or footnotes. You may print out completed Webforms to answer many of these questions. You should reference your on-line work using the formats indicated on Janice Walkers MLA Website--linked on your syllabus.)
Phase III: Library Research
On Thursday, November 20th, hand (or e-mail) to me at least three library sources which you might use in your paper.
1. This list should contain sources you have reviewed in some detail.
2. Write a descriptive paragraph about the strengths or weaknesses of the source.
3. Note how you found the source.
4. In a summary paragraph, briefly characterize the kind and amount of information about your topic you were able to access from this source.
5. Note the author and the author's credentials
6. Note the publishing source of the information.
7. Note any bias that might be prevalent in the information for use in your Research Appendix or footnotes .)
Drafts of your paper should be completed by Tuesday, November 7, 1999. You will present the results of your research to the class on November 16th and later engage in a discussion about the availability and usefulness of research and data available on the Internet and through traditional library resources.
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