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ENG 107 Fall 2013

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US Higher Education: A "Local" Introduction. Summary: This handout is an introduction to some of the basics of working, networking, and living at US colleges and universities. Contributors:Tony Cimasko, Joshua M. Paiz, Ghada M. GherwashLast Edited: 2013-08-12 10:01:46 Beyond quality writing and high test scores, success at the college and university level requires students to be familiar with the rules of the academy—to respect the norms subscribed to by colleges and universities. This handout presents some basic concepts that may be unfamiliar to students who are starting their college or university studies in the United States. As with any cultural norm, something you feel confident about knowing could easily turn out to be quite different, leading to complications in your academic life.

A few common normsA short academic glossaryForms of addressMaintaining lines of communicationE-mail and websitesA few things to avoid A Few Common Norms It’s about more than a good job Classrooms are often participatory Students often collaborate. Tips for Writing in North American Colleges. Summary: This handout is an introduction to the basics of academic writing conventions for students who are new to American colleges and universities. Contributors:Michael Maune, Hwanhee Park, Ghada M. Gherwash, Joshua M. Paiz, Tony CimaskoLast Edited: 2013-09-28 11:29:34 Successful writing in college and university courses isn’t only a matter of choosing a worthwhile topic and observing grammar and mechanics rules. It requires writers to follow a host of other written discourse conventions. On first glance, these conventions may seem arbitrary, but in fact they are useful tools. This handout summarizes a variety of writing conventions that may be unfamiliar to students who are starting their college or university studies in North America.

Look carefully at the contents of this handout below. Rhetorical Strategies The word “rhetorical” has many different shades of meaning, but they all point toward a similar definition—successfully connecting with and persuading audiences. Juul, Jesper. Plagiarism and ESL Writers. Summary: This resource provides a look at plagiarism and the unique situation faced by many ESL writers working and learning in North American Academic contexts. Additional information on plagiarism in general can be found one the Purdue OWL by visiting: Avoiding Plagiarism. Exercises on plagiarism can be found on the Purdue OWL by visiting: Safe Practices: An Exercise.

Contributors: Stacy Nall, Ghada M. GherwashLast Edited: 2013-08-12 10:05:58 Introduction Do you find yourself struggling to meet your instructor’s expectations for your writing when you are learning not only the subject matter, but also the English language? According to scholars like Pat Currie and Alastair Pennycook, writers new to the English language might copy language from published works in order to cope with their challenging learning situations and busy academic schedules.

For a detailed discussion of plagiarism, see: Avoiding Plagiarism on the Purdue OWL. Frequently Used Terms How to Avoid Plagiarism References. The Burning House. Plastic Surgery Among Ethnic Groups Mirrors Beauty Ideals. In South Korea, Plastic Surgery Comes Out of the Closet. Amazing Pictures Of Real People And Their Avatars. WP2 Reading 1-2: CHOOSE ONE. The Global Dominance of ESPN - Derek Thompson. Josue Evilla “This is the chart I was talking about. This is powerful.” Artie Bulgrin, ESPN’s director of research, is hunched over an iPad in a wood-paneled conference room at the network’s New York City headquarters, on West 66th Street, swooshing through the slides of a presentation he’s prepared annually since 1998. Every year, in the second week of September, the company asks hundreds of random subjects for three “must have” TV networks. And every year, ESPN relearns just how much America loves ESPN. Bulgrin swivels his iPad and shows me the money chart.

“Men have named us their favorite channel for 14 straight years,” he says matter-of-factly. Some critics sneer at the company’s boastful tagline—“The Worldwide Leader in Sports”—but it is unquestionably apt. ESPN’s cable channels collect more than $5 a month from each of the nearly 100 million American households that subscribe to pay-TV, more than any other channel by far. The American sports fan is a motley species. Amanda Lindhout, Writer of The House in the Sky, Shares the Story of Her Terrifying Kidnapping in Somalia - Magazine.

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, September 2013 Kidnapped in Somalia, Amanda Lindhout spent fifteen months in terrifying captivity. Only after meeting journalist Sara Corbett did she feel ready to tell her story. Every life is made up of a series of decisions—good ones, bad ones, opportunities of a lifetime, and those, in retrospect, that look extraordinarily ill considered. Five years ago, Amanda Lindhout, a struggling 27-year-old Canadian journalist hoping to make a name for herself, decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, a gorgeous wreck of a city perched on the Indian Ocean along Africa’s east coast. Once a sparkling jewel of the continent, Somalia had descended into lawlessness, with constant fighting by factions of Islamist militants and a fledgling government powerless to stem the violence.

Even seasoned journalists hesitated to go there. Roaming the world, Lindhout found a joy and expansiveness in her life she had not previously known. One night, a friend told her why. Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr. Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” I can feel it, too. I think I know what’s going on. For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. I’m not the only one. Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. Anecdotes alone don’t prove much. It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins.

Thanks to the ubiquity of text on the Internet, not to mention the popularity of text-messaging on cell phones, we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium of choice. Also see: Where does it end? Jeffrey Kluger: Why China's Moon Mission Is a Good Thing. Nobody gets to the moon by accident. If you’re a rocket scientist and know what you’re doing, Earth’s little sister ought not be such a challenging target. It’s huge — a whopping 2,155 mi. (3,468 km) across. It’s close — a mere 239,000 mi. (385,000 km) from Earthly launch pads.

And if you take an as-the-crow-flies route, you can get there in just three days. And yet a trip to the moon is one that only a small handful of countries have made with robot ships and only one country has made with astronauts. (VIDEO: Layoffs and Hardship for Space-Shuttle Workers) But the U.S. has not been thinking much about manned space travel lately. And yet the sad and spent U.S. and Russian manned programs are not the only ones out there. Just last week, the Chinese government released a white paper detailing its plans for space in the years ahead — plans that were impressive for their candor, specificity and ambition.

(PHOTOS: 10 Strange Objects Launched into Space) Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food. Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | TED Full Transcript - "Read TED" Annotated Bib Format (OWL) Overview For a sample of an entry from an annotated bibliography entry in PDF, click on the downloadable file in the media box above. Below you will find sample annotations from annotated bibliographies, each with a different research project. Remember that the annotations you include in your own bibliography should reflect your research project and/or the guidelines of your assignment. As mentioned elsewhere in this resource, depending on the purpose of your bibliography, some annotations may summarize, some may assess or evaluate a source, and some may reflect on the source’s possible uses for the project at hand.

Some annotations may address all three of these steps. Please keep in mind that all your text, including the write-up beneath the citation, must be indented so that the author's last name is the only text that is flush left. Sample MLA Annotation Lamott, Anne. Lamott's book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. University of Toronto, Canada. Printable PDF Version Fair-Use Policy What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography gives an account of the research that has been done on a given topic. Like any bibliography, an annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of research sources. In addition to bibliographic data, an annotated bibliography provides a concise summary of each source and some assessment of its value or relevance. Selecting the sources: The quality and usefulness of your bibliography will depend on your selection of sources.

What problem am I investigating? Summarizing the argument of a source: An annotation briefly restates the main argument of a source. Example 1: Only lists contents: McIvor, S. Example 2: Identifies the argument: McIvor, S. The following reading strategies can help you identify the argument of your source: Identify the author's thesis (central claim or purpose) or research question. Assessing the relevance and value of sources: Keep the context of your project in mind. University of WI-Madison. Cornell University. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

Abstracts are the purely descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles or in periodical indexes. Annotations are descriptive and critical; they may describe the author's point of view, authority, or clarity and appropriateness of expression. Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research. First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic. Cite the book, article, or document using the appropriate style. Waite, L. Waite, Linda J., et al. Sample Annotated Bib. Disc. Posts #10 & #11. Memos. Summary: This handout will help you solve your memo-writing problems by discussing what a memo is, describing the parts of memos, and providing examples and explanations that will make your memos more effective.

Contributors:Courtnay Perkins, Allen BrizeeLast Edited: 2010-09-24 02:19:39 Standard memos are divided into segments to organize the information and to help achieve the writer's purpose. Heading Segment The heading segment follows this general format: TO: (readers' names and job titles) FROM: (your name and job title) DATE: (complete and current date) SUBJECT: (what the memo is about, highlighted in some way) Make sure you address the reader by his or her correct name and job title. Opening Segment The purpose of a memo is usually found in the opening paragraph and includes: the purpose of the memo, the context and problem, and the specific assignment or task.

Context The context is the event, circumstance, or background of the problem you are solving. Task Segment Summary Segment.