June 11, 2009

Link to the Annotated bibliography example

http://liblogs.albany.edu/unl206x/class_materials/annotated_bibliography_example/

Avoiding commong mistakes!

Hello class!

Here are my suggestions for your final projects, based on the most common mistakes from the homework assignments.

Take some time in order to go through them all. Your final projects will benefit immensely.

Most of the mistakes are related to the citations. Take a look:

1. Title should be typed in lower-case unless it is a name, or a proper noun, or geographical location. Only first letter of a title is in upper-case as well as a first letter of a subtitle (remember after the colon?) Example: The wonderful colors of the Universe: Blue, red, green.

2. Italics should be used for titles of books, journals, newspapers, websites, etc. On the other hand, a title of an article within the periodical publication should not be emphasized as Italics.

3. Names of authors should be in following format: last name, comma, first initial, period, second initial (if available), period. For example: Brown, A.M. Do NOT alphabetize the author's list; follow the names' sequence that you see in your source (a book, and article, etc.)

4. Punctuation is necessary! Commas, periods, colons – omitting any of them will be considered as a mistake and points will be taken from your final project.

5. Citing multiple authors: one to six authors - list all. If there are more than six authors, you should list first six authors, and then add et.al. I put it in bold here intentionally. We don’t use bold typeface. Example: Brown, A.M., Red, N.K., Green, Y.O., Yellow, T.H., Purple, G.J., White, E.B., et.al.

6. Citing web resources can be confusing. Follow general pattern provided by APA Guide to Electronic resources (can be found here http://libproxy.albany.edu/limited/default/apa/apa_style_reference.pdf). Provide information about the author, year of publication (or the date when the website was last updated), the title, the date when you looked at this website and the URL.

A good example from APA Guide to Electronic resources, page 23. of it could be the following:

"46. Article on Web site, no date.

Dvoretsky, D. P. (n.d.). History: Pavlov Institute of Physiology of
the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Retrieved January 27, 2007, from http://www.infran.ru/history_eng.htm
 The menu page URL is given because the article is presented within a frame and shares the same URL with other documents."

One more suggestion for annotations. Keep in mind that it should be a critical annotation. You should not only present your source, but also prove your choice. Remember about including all main components (author(s), intended audience, date, accuracy, language style, bias, etc.) and mention how it relates to your thesis statement.

Remember: you can always e-mail me or stop at my office for help!

Good luck!

June 10, 2009

Blog Posting Assignment #3 (Due at the beginning of Class 7, June 16, 2009)

Read the article "Web Self-defense: How to protect Yourself Against Internet Scams" written by David Schardt and published in Nutrition Action Healthletter in April 2009. The article can be found here http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/fraud_alert_-_internet_scams.pdf.

Write a paragraph-long opinion about the issues of the Internet fraud, covered in this article. Make sure to address the following issues:

1. As a consumer, have you ever been a victim or know somebody who has been a victim of such an Internet scam as described in this article?

2. What needs to be done in order to better protect consumers on the Internet?

3. Can information literacy help with consumer protection and if yes, how? To answer this question you should remember that, according to the Association of College and research Libraries, information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."