mellon mays undergraduate fellows

research workshop

Jasmine Woodson, Roberto Vargas, Pam Harris, Sarah Elichko
02/19/15

// our guiding questions //

How do I structure, organize, and stay connected with a long-term

   research project?   (large group discussion of Hallowell's post)
 

• How do I work effectively with ephemeral research materials?

• How do I connect my research interests with relevant scholarly

   literature, within and across academic disciplines? (small groups)
 

• What might excellent research look like?  (some advice from faculty)

// How do I structure, organize, and stay connected with a long-term research project? //

Reading for today:

Elizabeth Hallowell - A Letter to My Younger Self
Blog post on Vitae 11/08/14

Have you tried any of the strategies or tools Hallowell mentions in this post?  How did it work for you (or not)?

// How do I structure, organize, and stay connected with a long-term research project? //

Interested in trying out any of these research organization practices?

Here are some next steps to consider:

 

• If you want to explore independently and read more, look at the Research Guide for this workshop.

• Set up a time to chat with a librarian about what might work best for you.

Research Strategies for Unpublished/ephemeral Media

Old issues for new media

1) Identifying Sources 

2) Evaluating and Contextualizing

3) Organizing & Archiving

4) Ethical Dilemmas

Identifying Sources

/ being creative & open to discovery

/ unpublished academic work (e.g. arXiv.org)

/ national & local media, including TV

/ FB, Twitter, YouTube, blogs

/ local platforms

 

 /value of simple double checking

 

/ value in the unreliable (occasionally)

 

/ filter bubbles & biases, obvious and not (beware of the Google algorithm)

(proprietary algorithms for filtering) 

Evaluating & Contextualizing

Then:

"Dewey defeats Truman!"

Now:

 

 /beware of the Twitter loop

“They’re just arresting people in this truck for ... no reason other than they are there or trying to get home” @graceishuman

 

“police arrested 12 passengers, two of whom had guns, and found a Molotov cocktail in the truck bed.” David Carson, St. Louis Dispatch

 

"Twitter users sought out and shared accounts that aligned with their viewpoint, with little regard to whether they were true."-Nick Bilton, NYT

 

/ being able to find your way back

 

/ Dynamic vs Persistent URLs  (never change and never break)

 

/ saving webpages & screenshots (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine)

Organizing & Archiving

Dynamic URL  

http://www.somesites.com/forums/thread.php?threadid=12345&sort=date

Static/Persistent

http://www.somesites.com/forums/the-challenges-of-dynamic-urls.htm

 

Ethical Dilemmas

What are the possible ethical questions when doing research on social media?

reasonable expectation of privacy

minors

unaware of observations 

// How do I connect my research interests with relevant scholarly

    literature, within and across academic disciplines? (small groups)

 

Break into groups so that there are 2 students per librarian (more or less).

 

 

Jasmine - Film Studies and Black Studies

Roberto - Latin American Studies,  Linguistics

Pam - Education, Psychology, Languages

Sarah - Sociology/Anthropology, Political Science

 

 // What might excellent research look like?  (some advice from faculty)

Faculty members from the following schools:  Swarthmore, Haverford, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke

AALAC Conference on Undergraduate Student Research at Liberal Arts Colleges

Questions?

 

Contact any of us directly, or email librarian@swarthmore.edu and you'll be connected with the right person.

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