The following excerpts are taken from your Final Project Overview description (your librarian has highlighted the portions that pertain specifically to your research requirements). See the complete description attached below or talk to your instructor for more details.
From Final Project Overview
Choose a “burning” issue – a critical issue – related to people and their places or environments. This issue may be a global issue, an environmental issue, a social or humanitarian issue, or some combination of these (you’ll find that many issues fall under several of these umbrellas at once). You will likely choose a broad issue to start and narrow your focus as you research your topic. For example, you may choose climate change as a global issue but then focus your research on how climate change is affecting the Pacific Northwest in particular. You can let your research guide you (i.e. see what articles you discover) or you can come at this project with a particular focus in mind, searching for articles that support that more focused perspective. We’ll provide you with lots of resources to help you choose a topic and to help you conduct academic research. We’ll also talk about what kinds of articles and sources best support your argument or research question and how to determine whether a source is credible or legitimate.
Once you find sources you’d like to use [NOTE: you will need to find three credible sources], you’ll complete research journals and, ultimately, compile at least one of these sources into an annotated bibliography entry [be sure to use MLA format]. Don’t worry - we’ll talk at length about research journals and annotated bibliographies, what they look like, and how to write them.
Finally, you will submit a product that synthesizes your research questions, ideas, and academic research AND present that project to the class. You have the freedom to choose how you present this product. You may choose to submit an essay, video, podcast, presentation, blog, infographic, website, image, spoken word or poetry video or presentation… the possibilities are endless. Read on for the details/specifics!
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