Note: This project received faculty feedback on 18-Apr-16 11:09:35 AM EST.
Instructions: Work through each step of this log, answering each question as the directions indicate. Each step, except Step 1, will receive a grade, and the sum of these grades will constitute your total grade for Research Log Part 1. Refer to the section on how each step of the log will be graded for detailed grading information.
Most fields require text entry. If a required field is left blank, your work will not be submitted. If there is no information to provide in a specific field, simply type N/A.
Review your work before submitting it to your instructor for grading; you will be unable to edit it further after submitting it.
Note: Be sure to review the examples and hints provided with each step! Your answers should be similar to the examples.
Step 1: Select Your Research Question
2. What effect does violence in the media have on children?
How will Step 1 be graded? Step 1 will not receive a grade.
Step 2: Select Your Search Terms
A. Identifying Key Concepts
List the three key concepts (words, phrases, or both) that best describe the main concepts of your selected research question from Step 1.
Key Concept 1
Key Concept 2
Key Concept 3
Example: For the research question “How can marketing on the Internet be effective for a small business?” the key concepts are: marketing, Internet, small business
Hint: Refer to week 1 for key concepts.
Great job picking out the three key concepts!
B. Brainstorming Alternative/Related Terms
Review the key concepts you listed in each of the boxes above (Step 2, Part A) and identify alternative terms/synonyms or related terms for each key concept in the appropriate box below.
Key Concept 1
Key Concept 2
Key Concept 3
Example: For the research question example in Step 2, Part A:
· Key Concept 1: marketing
· Key Concept 1 Alternative/Related Terms: branding, advertising, promotion
Hint: Refer to week 1 for a review of identifying alternative/related terms (keywords) for key concepts.
How will Step 2 be graded?
Unsatisfactory (0 points): Does not demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of the research question or identify any relevant alternative/related terms or synonyms.
Satisfactory (1–4 points): Correctly lists the three key concepts from the research question in Part A and/or identifies at least one relevant alternative/related term or synonym for each key concept listed in Part B.
Excellent (5 points): Accurately lists three key concepts of the research question, thus demonstrating an understanding of the research question, and identifies two or more relevant alternative/related terms for each key concept, indicating some creative brainstorming.
This is sort of partially done, I would say. I would expect that you would push quite a bit harder and come up with many more synonyms for each term, perhaps 4-5 each. Also, I don’t think ‘behavior’s is a very on-target synonym for violence. Think maybe crime, assault, delinquency, bullying, murder “gang warfare” and so on.
Step 2 Grade
Step 3: Create a Boolean Search Statement
Using all of the key concepts you identified in Step 2, Part A and some of the keywords (alternative/related terms) you identified in Step 2, Part B, create a search statement that effectively uses Boolean operators and advanced searching techniques (nesting, truncation, phrase searching).
(media OR television OR movies) AND (violence OR behaviors) AND (children OR adolescent)
Example: (marketing OR branding OR advertis*) AND (Internet OR Web) AND (“small business” OR entrepreneurship)
Hint: Refer to week 1 for a review of Boolean operators, search statements, and advanced searching techniques.
How will Step 3 be graded?
Unsatisfactory (0–1 points): Does not construct a reasonable search statement.
Satisfactory (2–4 points): Constructs a basic search statement that effectively uses Boolean operators to connect key concepts.
Excellent (5 points): Effectively uses Boolean operators and advanced searching techniques (nesting, truncation, phrase searching) to construct a search statement with no spelling errors.
You certainly show some of the concepts here, but you are not using truncation (i.e. child*) and you don’t have an example of phrase searching, so you miss a few of the techniques we have studied. But you are getting there. I also note my problems with the word ‘behaviors’ there.
Step 3 Grade
Overall Research Log Project Part 1 Comments
Please thoroughly review the comments I made to Research Log Project Part 1, as well as the course content, before attempting Research Log Project Part 2.
While you may not have the score you would have wished here, you have made a good start and your problems can easily by overcome for the next log. I want to ask you to go back to the discussion, ‘How to Ace Log #1’ and re-read it again with care, comparing your work in each step to the guidelines and incorporating my comments as well. If you have any questions subsequent to that, please send me a pager message. Good luck
Research Log Project Part 1 Grade
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