Follow-up to research question selection for group project:
1. Research question: Make sure to email me to let me know where you are in the process of selecting your final question. If you are still unsure about which of the two questions you would like to work on, email me a brief summary of your ideas for each question, including:
– Actual question (you might have needed to re-formulate or clarify the original)
– Possible theory, conjecture, and hypotheses
– Ideas about how to operationalize at least one hypothesis
If your group discussion led you to pick one question over the other, send me a brief summary (as above) for that question only. Ideally, I would like to get this information at the latest by Monday, October 12, 12:00 PM.
2. Background research: The next step toward designing an experiment that explores your question is to do some background research to gather information on the state of research and identify potential models/paradigms. Each group should identify at least 3-4 articles that are directly relevant to their specific research question (1-2 articles per student). Refer to the Group Project main page for details. The first part of this step should be completed at the latest by Thursday, October 16, 11:30 AM.
In preparation for this week’s workshops:
1. For Tuesday: Read the handouts on measurement scales and methodological problems, and complete the corresponding Group Tasks. We will review these in class together.
2. For Thursday: Read the remaining handouts (mostly on statistics).
Follow-up to preliminary bibliography for individual projects:
1. For Tuesday: Add each source in your bibliography to the Virtual Lab’s “Bibliography” (under “Library”). If the source is relevant to one of the topical area already listed, you may add it to that sub-wiki. If it is not, you may create a new topical sub-wiki. Follow the same format (citation and abstract). Finally, link each source in your bibliography to the one you posted in the main bibliography. (This assignment will count toward the “quizzes” portion of the final grade.)
UPDATE: I have created sub-wikis with your name in the main Bibliography. Click on the sib-wiki and “Edit” to change the title to your topical area. Then, you may following these steps to create citations within your sub-wiki (these steps are also reproduced on your sub-wiki):
Steps for adding citations, abstracts, and full-text (if available):
1. Click on “Create New”.
2. Enter the full citation in the title box, and copy and paste the abstracts in the main box.
3. Click “Add Media” and upload the electronic full-text of the article (if available), then click “Insert”; format the title of the document as needed.
4. Before saving your new post, make sure the select your category (below).
5. Save your new post.
Steps to add a link to your Bibliography citation in your individual project bibliography and literature review:
1. Click on the citation in the main Bibliography.
2. Copy the link.
3. Open the post in which you want to link the citation by clicking the “Edit” button.
4. Highlight the bibliographic citation and click on the link symbol above.
5. Paste the URL in the box.
2. For Thursday: Continue reading your sources in preparation for the literature review (due Tuesday, October 21). In addition to taking notes, you should start planning the contents (e.g., outline). In particular, you want to be thinking about how the various sources are organized categorically. A good literature review will identify themes or perspectives and discuss the previous research along these lines.