First library workshop
November 1, 2004
The aim of this
workshop and the work that follows is to learn one way to take initial steps
in finding out what it takes to become expert on a contemporary social issue
you care about and hope to affect.
Please don't get
hung up on the topic. (This workshop, however, is designed around topics
that fall within the social sciences.) Choose something that interests
you; you can refine it has you work.
On Friday, give
your seminar leader a copy of your search results. While you certainly
can collaborate with other students, write up your own report and if you've
shared the work, let us know with whom.
Your report (due
at the beginning of seminar on Friday):
- Your topic
and the academic disciplines you found to be relevant. List the
encyclopedias you consulted and annotate briefly what each article addressed.
- List the
"literature reviews" you read and annotate what you discovered
- Who are some
of the "main players" clustered around your topic? What
are some of the important disagreements and shared assumptions?
- What are
some possible questions that must be addressed by public policy relevant
to your topic?
- List important
web-sites that focus on your topic. Annotate whether they are primarily
advocacy sites or more about research and scholarship. How might
one best use each site?
keep in mind that this is an exercise and not a commitment to the topic of your
winter quarter project.
you choose your Legislative Hearings Project topic, the principal criterion
will be that four of you are willing to work on it together. The project
is structured around this premise.