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One thing we can never get enough of is practice with library research and documentation. Let’s do more of it this week.

Select a PERSON, PLACE, or THING that you are interested in learning more about. This topic should be different from anything you have researched thus far during this course.

Using our library, locate ONE peer-reviewed article about this topic. Answer the questions below. Please number the questions, respond in complete sentences, but do not copy and paste the questions. What is your topic?  (Examples—Michael Jackson or Paris, France) What interests you about this topic? What do you already know about this topic? (Hint: it is helpful to select topics that you already know a little something about. This helps you avoid this problem: “I didn’t know anything about my topic, so I used quotes and paraphrases for my whole essay.”) What else would you like to know about this topic? Read the entire article. Please provide a brief summary of your article. This should be in your own words. Do not copy and paste from the article, though you may include citations. Pick one sentence from the article and put it here in either a quote or paraphrase. Please include a signal phrase and parenthetical citation. Pretend you are going to write an essay about this topic. List three topics that you would like to focus on for your thesis and body paragraphs. (Examples—three places you would like to visit in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and Père Lachaise Cemetery OR Michael Jackson’s childhood, accomplishments in music, and tragic death) This is how the article I chose would look on a Works Cited page. Use the library cite button! (See example below.) Include the entire URL (not just the doi) in case we want to look at your article.

Works Cited

Silberman, Seth Clark. “Presenting Michael Jackson™.” Social Semiotics, vol. 17, no. 4, Dec. 2007, pp. 417-440. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/10350330701637023.

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