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Digging 21st Century Research, August 16 2013

Friday, August 16th | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Saginaw Valley State University | First Year Writing Program

Facilitator: Dr. Shelley Rodrigo, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University

Do your students start any research project with a Google and/or Wikipedia? Admit it, sometimes even you do... In this workshop we'll explore how as much as it feels like digital technologies have radically changed the research process, it's also a case of the more things change the more they stay the same.
Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Kai Schreiber

Workshop Activity

Divide into Three/Six/Nine Groups
  1. Contemporary Rhetoricians
  2. Techno Geeks
  3. Citation (and/or Grammar) Nazis
21st Century TextRepins from a Pinterest Posting

Contemporary Rhetoricians

Brainstorm and flesh-out two scenarios using the provided 21st Century text:
  • imagine a rhetorical scenario when the provided text would be an object of study for a research project; and
  • imagine a rhetorical scenario when the provide text would function as evidence within an argument.
Consider reviewing Keys for Writers chapters 1 and 5 to help brainstorm. 

Techno Geeks

Research requires that you collect, archive/manage, and analyze your objects of study. Discuss methods you would use for all three steps with the provided 21st Century text. 

Consider reviewing the following pages & sections in Keys for Writers6a, 6c, 7d, 7e, 8a, 9d, & 9f.

Citation Nazis

In academic writing, if you use it, you cite it. Construct a citation (MLA, APA, CMS...pick your poison!) for the provided 21st Century text. Be prepared to discuss your process, reasons, and resources used for constructing your citation. 

Consider reviewing Chapter 10 and the appropriate formatting chapters in Keys for Writers.

Shelley's Answers

Please realize that there are not "correct" answers to this activity; instead, it's to get us thinking. 

Activity Debrief

21st Century texts are changing the following:
  • Types of objects of study & evidence
  • Research and analysis methods
  • Publication formats and modes/media

Objects & Evidence


Formats & Modes/Media