Research Paper Forum - Spring 2009
Welcome by Professor Julia Lupton with fellow researcher Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi
Tips from the Writing Director, Dr. Elizabeth Losh
Not the end but the the beginning of your UCI writing career
Family History (like a paper on crafts made in Japanese internment camps)
Community Stories (like a paper about Chicano t-shirts)
Stimulating Coursework (like a paper about Holocaust poetry)
Regional Conflict (like a paper about the drama of the redevelopment of Chavez Ravine)
Interesting Archival Materials (like a paper about dance under McCarthyism based on materials in UCI's Dance Archive)
Special Collections has nationally recognized collections in dance, political literature, artists' books, Southeast Asia, Orange County, critical theory, etc. It also holds the archives of the university.
What's Already There:
A Web Page with Prize-Winning Papers from Last Year
A Web Page from the Previous Cycle of HCC with Prize-Winning Papers and Advice from Students, Faculty, and Librarians
A List of Topics from Papers Nominated for UROP Prizes Last Year
A List of Sample Topics
Don't forget about the Writer's Handbook!
The Annotated Bibliography
The 4-Sentence Annotation Method from UCI's Composition Program
Information about annotation from librarians at Cornell University, University of Minnesota, and the University of Toronto.
A sample annotated bibliography from an HCC student (and the prospectus for the research paper that she wrote afterward)
Shaping a Thesis
Read the Prompt!
Make sure your topic is relevant to the course and the cluster and watch out for the temptation just to write a biography or pro/con policy paper.
Ask good research questions! Is there a primary source that has been underexamined or misinterpreted? Is there a mystery or ambiguity that scholars who write secondary sources have missed?
What categories of analysis appeal to you? Your thesis will likely change as your research project progresses!
These sample papers from different curricula of HCC used specific categories of analysis that you have learned about this year!
- Rhetorical Analysis (of a shopping mall in Associations/Dissociations and of scientific papers in Laws and Orders)
- Textual Explication (of camp documents for Orange County German Prisoners of War in Associations/Dissociations and of church documents from the nineteen-fifties in Laws and Orders)
- Counterargument (to prevailing theories of how Barbie functions in psychoanalytic play therapy in Associations/Dissociations and to prevailing histories of anti-fluoridation paranoia in Laws and Orders)
- Causal Analysis (for why Vietnamese families manifest certain cultural features in Associations/Dissociations and for why Chinese-Americans were perceived as security risks during Laws and Orders). Remember that logical arguments can also connect to personal histories
A Sample Research Project: Robbie Conal
Art and Action: The Artist's Website, collaborator Shephard Fairey, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Collective Intelligence: advice on guerrilla postering
Built Environments: where to poster
Publics and Counterpublics: The documentary Post No Bills in the Langson Multimedia Center
Activism and Tactical Media: the political can be personal
Primary Sources from ARTstor (search results show the posters in urban environments)
Secondary Sources from ANTPAC and the Library's databases:
Books from ANTPAC such as Design of Dissent by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic (and other books that come up under "political posters") or Contemporary Art in Southern California
Articles from ARTbibliographies Modern
Unauthorized History: Robbie Conal's Portraits of Power from the Pasadena Art Alliance: September 8-November 9, 1990
Life and Times TV Episode
Creating an Electronic Notebook
Zotero: It works with ANTPAC, Google Book Search, Amazon.com, newspapers like The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, YouTube videos, and academic publications like scholarly journal articles, conference proceedings, etc. You can also export bibliographies and notes for several automatically generated formats (including MLA and CMS) into Word documents. It also takes screen shots of your research sources.
BibMe doesn't have the data capture tools of Zotero, but it is a handy way to organize bibliographies.
Social Bookmarking Sites like Diigo and del.icio.us
News Readers like Netvibes or iGoogle and RSS feeds through sites like Technorati (but protect your privacy by using pseudonyms or a Google anonymizer)
Web lookup tools like Wordweb
Presentation by the Library and Tina Breitbach
Don't forget to use indexes and bibliographies in your print sources to find information faster or discover more of it from other experts.
News and Newspapers
Digital Image Collections
Articles from JSTOR and Project Muse
Databases and Indexes like America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, and the MLA Bibliography
Academic Search Complete
RefWorks Workshops for HCC Students
More Help from the Librarians: The HCC Page, Ask a Librarian, and the Primary Sources Tutorial
Presentation by UROP Prize-Winning Students Helen Yoshida and Robert Simpson