[syllabus] [research project]
[APA Citation Style]
22 Jun 2007 - First draft of research question
You will develop a research question to investigate during this
session. Imagine that you are taking another course that you are
enjoying, in SILS or in your major. Imagine that you are assigned to
write a term paper in that course on a topic relevant to the class.
This imaginary, and hopefully pleasant, context is what you will use
to select the research question you will work on for this project.
If you need some topics ideas, take a glance at the areas in
Information Science topics page for some topic
If you actually do have a term paper to write in another course that you are
currently taking, you may use that assignment as the basis for this research
project. You will be expected to write a substantially different paper for the
final portion of this project than what you will be writing for that other
If you need a visual guide to what a research question might look like, here
are some examples to use:
Use the same format for both the first and second drafts of your research
There are 2 deliverables for this assignment:
Two drafts of your research question will be due,
one on Monday, 25 Jun
the second on Friday, 29 Jun.
- Your first question description should include:
- the course number and name of the (imaginary) course,
- a brief description of that course (if this is a real course, include the
catalog description of the course; if imaginary, write your own description),
- a one-paragraph description of the question you wish to investigate.
We may discuss the research questions in class. After class, I may comment to
you individually on the suitability of your question for the purposes of this
- Your second question description should include your revised question, and a
brief write-up of how and your reasons why the question has changed.
- A journal of the development of your research question over the course of the
semester will be due with your complete project documentation at the end of the
- Your question may well evolve during the course of your working on the
session-long assignment. For example, sub-questions may develop as you learn
more about your topic, or the question itself may change as your interests
change during the process of information retrieval.
- As you continue to turn in portions of this assignment, you should also be
creating a journal of the development of your question: you will submit this
journal as a part of your final project.
- Every change to your question should be documented, with a brief
description of the reason(s) for the revision.
- You may ask the professor to review revisions at any time. The final
version of the question will be the basis for the final report of the
- The standards which will be used for grading this task are
listed on the downloadable gradesheet.
- But we also have one administrative standard which will be constant
throughout the course.
- use a common file name structure for all documents you turn in as an
email attachment or as a file I can download from your web space
- the structure takes advantage of how operating systems want to index
- an example might be