HUS Research Project Tasks
I. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on…
– the manner of construction of your research Wordle semantic map.
– how to submit your research Wordle semantic map.
II. Research ‘Product’ Construction
Students were given several days to carefully ponder their thesis topic. That, and succeeding investigation into the chosen topic, was to bring the student closer to some of the sources they will be using. A major part of any research within topics that dominate the last 250 years is the use of documents.
1. The challenge of producing and analyzing a Wordle is selecting a document that is central in any research conducted in your chosen thesis topic. Early in the research process, such pivotal documents may not be obvious. This is a challenge that can be mitigated, to some extent, by a cursory investigation of the thesis topic. Your textbook, Mr.V’s Research Topic Mindmap, and reputable academic websites can be helpful in isolating a pivotal document. A pivotal document is one that is recognized as vitally important in the understanding of the historical significance of your thesis topic.
2. Once identified, the document’s ‘text’ content (not any of it’s bibliographic content) is fed to the Wordle application at http://www.wordle.net. The resulting semantic map must be analyzed by the student for the purpose of uncovering the subtle (or, not so subtle) stance of the document’s author. Delving into the author’s possible intent can shed light on the role played by the document in the thesis topic chosen.
3. The document can be a…
– transcript of a speech given by a pivotal figure involved in the topic thesis.
– published text (newspaper or magazine article, pamphlet, etc.)
– government Bill/ Law/ Act.
– An academic tract (document produced from within academia)
The student has leeway in the selection of the document, but the examples above are prime examples of what is necessary for this product.
a. The student must convert the semantic map produced by wordle.net into an image (*.jpg, *.png, *.svg).
b. The image is to be embedded into a text document that is formatted in accordance with the Modern Language Association guidelines for academic papers (see below for links to websites to help you properly format your documents). At the very least, heading, line spacing, margin spacing, page numbering, title, and font style/ size must be addressed.
c. The image must be large enough to see any details but small enough to keep the size of the document (#pages and/ or file size) manageable and appropriate for the purpose.
d. The caption below the image of the semantic map should contain the full title of the document, author, date, page# (if appropriate), and web address (if appropriate). Full bibliographic data will be included in the annotated bibliography at the end of the entire project.
e. Below the embedded image of the semantic map, you should coherently present your findings in complete sentences. Your written text must also include the context of the document as it relates to your topic thesis. This contextual information is what led you to select the document in the first place. The length of your written text is determined by the depth of your analysis.
f. The finished file should converted into a PDF file and labeled in the following fashion:
Pd#_LastNameFirstName-Wordle (Ex.: 06_SmithJohn-Wordle)
g. Deposit the file into the project folder found within the shared Dropbox folder.
B. MLA Resources
– Purdue’s Online Writing Lab ([https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/])
– EasyBib Citation Generator ([http://www.easybib.com])