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Topic; The Ban on Abortions

Note: This assignment is part of your Project 2 grade. Please take extra care with this assignment. This blog is worth 20% of your Project 2 grade. 

In Unit 1, you did some preliminary research on your topic and now, in Unit 2, you’ve narrowed it down to a research question. As we’ve discussed, however, research questions need to be divided into smaller, manageable questions. For this assignment, you will find two sources that each work to answer questions you have–and that help you move towards an answer for your research question. 

Step 0:

Before you begin, think of some of the things you need to know (that you do not already know) before you can answer you research question. Do some research on the library webpage (Links to an external site.) or on Google or Google Scholar until you find sources that answer your questions a) in a way you can understand and b) that help you understand the large conversation better.

Remember: you might see your blog posts as polished written texts with your instructor as the audience.You want to persuade your instructor that you are exploring effectively by demonstrating intellectual curiosity, rhetorical reading and an open mind. You will want to show that you are learning something new about your topic with each new blog post, and will ultimately want to show how the process has impacted your understanding of the issue and the focus of your research project. You’ll also want to revise your post so that it is well written and easy to follow. 

Step 1: 

Write your research question at the top of the post. Then, post a link to each source (I’m looking for 2 sources).  Then, below each link, include the following information with each one of your sources:

  • Include a brief summary for each source that highlights the most important things you learned about your topic from that source. This should be a thorough explanation that shows that you read the source–and reveals why you are interested in this topic. Please remember to follow the correct structure for summaries. See page 440 in your textbook and/or this page.
  • What was the question (or questions) that you set out to answer for this blog and how does this source answer those for you? Justify why this was a useful source for answering your research question. If this source doesn’t answer your question, justify why you chose it. Again, do not pick sources generally about your topic–pick sources that move you closer to answering your research question. 
  • What aspect(s) of the problem/issue/topic does this source seem to focus on most? What kinds of information does this source not discuss?
  • What new, surprising, or unexpected information came up in this source? (This can be information that was in response to your questions, or information unrelated to your questions.)

Note: Within your answers above, include at least one quote from the source with an in-text citation in MLA format. (Refer to this resource if you need help remembering how to do this.

Actions)  When thinking about what to quote, select a sentence or two that seems significant to this source and connects to what you are saying in this summary.

Step 2:

Reflect on your next steps. After you’ve answered the questions above for each of those sources, post a summary of what you feel you understand about your topic, what you are confused about, what questions you still have. You might also discuss:

  • What do you understand (overall) about your research question and its potential answers? 
  • What questions do you have now that you did not have before? For example, we usually break our research question up into smaller questions we have that we need the answers to before we can answer the research question. What questions do you need to answer still before you can fully answer your research question? 
  • If you were going to explain this topic to someone, what are the parts you would be less confident explaining? 

Step 3:

After you have posted, respond to two classmates. I recommend that you respond to the information that they are most interested in researching next and/or what aspect of the problem they are most interested in focusing on. Try to provide helpful feedback that helps them narrow their focus–and generate questions for research for their next blog. Pay particular attention to their research question. If it’s not clear how these sources answer that question, help your classmate get back on track. Your response should be at least 200 words long.

Here’s how you’ll be graded: 

  • Response (5 points): Does the student include thorough and detailed responses to each prompt, including source summaries that effectively address every part of the assignment.
  • Source connections (4 points): Does the student effectively show how the source addresses their questions, impacts their thinking, and shapes their research trajectory and focus? Do they draw connections between sources?
  • Source Citation: (2 points): Is it always clear which ideas are coming from the student and which are coming from the source? Does the student effectively indicate the source’s ideas with appropriate in-text citations, effective paraphrasing and/or quotation? 
  • Further Research (2 points): Does the student discuss questions for further research?
  • Comments (2 points): Does the student thoroughly and specifically respond to two peer’s posts, using the commenting instructions provided by the instructor?

Summaries follow a very particular structure. 

  • The first sentence should identify the author (first name and last name) and title of the piece and the core idea of the author’s overall argument argument. (Purple) 
  • The rest of the summary should go over the main arguments of the text. For example, what are some of the main ideas that the text spent time discussing? 
  • Each sentence of a summary is careful to give credit to the original writer for their ideas. Therefore, the sentences often start with phrases like “Jones states” or “she explains”. (Red)
  • Your summary should remain an objective report of the text, without your commentary or opinion of the author’s argument/information. 
  • Summaries do not typically use quotes–the author of the summary must paraphrase the original text. 

This video explanation goes over summaries in more detail (10 min). (Links to an external site.)

Here’s an example summary: 

In his paper “Global Implications of Patent Law Variation,” Koji Suzuki states that lack of consistency in the world’s patent laws is a serious problem. He explains that most of the world gives the patent rights to the first to file for a patent. However, the United States maintains a first-to-invent policy, which means if an inventor can prove that they invented something before the person who filed for a patent, they can have the patent rights. Suzuki further explains that because of this discrepancy, the person who owns the patent rights to a specific product can change based on the country. He argues that multiple owning the same patent can result in economic problems, as well as international tension. He then provides examples of the ways that the U.S. violates the Paris Convention on Industrial Properties by refusing to recognize patents in other countries and the ways that that has created international tensions.

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