Navigating America

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-10
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Navigating Americawas created to serve a research class�s needs in one textbook. Its unifying focus on information competency will help students make intelligent decisions not only about what to quote, paraphrase, or summarize in a research paper, but how to avoid plagiarism and about what ideas and evidence to trust in the world at large. Navigating America engages students. Every chapter and reading will get them closer to one overall objective: the ability to distinguish the different levels of reliability and relevance of the competing sources of information they consume. ..From the Preface .Having taught composition and research writing for over twenty years, we both noticed two major drawbacks when choosing textbooks to use for a course teaching freshmen how to write research papers: inadequate coverage of the skills needed for research in the world today (with its unprecedented proliferation of information), and the high cost to students of having to buy multiple texts for the class. . The Proliferation of Information .The first issue we wanted to address is the proliferation of information. Most texts focus on the skills needed to find academic information. There is so much more to modern day research, however, that we were always left wanting when reading most textbooks. We wanted a text that would address how to cope with the vast amounts of information�both academic and mundane�from diverse media faced by our students, as well as the skills to uncover pertinent materials in their own research and, perhaps more importantly, to evaluate and qualify the sources they find. . AnAll-in-OneApproach to the Research Paper . The other issue we wanted to address was the cost to students of having to buy a number of textbooks to cover MLA/APA format, research tips, punctuation and grammar rules, and an anthology of readings. Aside from the cost of buying multiple texts, these books were also invariably guided by differing pedagogies and voices, and it was frustrating and time-consuming trying to blend these divergent books into a cohesive whole in our classes. . We wroteNavigating America: Information Competency and Research for the 21st Centuryto overcome these drawbacks and to give a focused and guided approach to the different types of materials found in the study of popular culture�and to do this in a voice that students will find friendly and accessible. -David Moton.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
Introduction for Students
Researching and Writing
Finding a Topic
Understanding the Assignment
Developing a Working Thesis
Conducting Traditional Academic Research
Navigating the Library
Library Catalog Searches
Online Periodical Databases
Government Publications
The Internet
Interviews, Surveys, and Field Research
Conducting Other Types of Research
The World Wide Web
Print Media and News
Television, Radio, and Broadcast News
Evaluating Sources and Reading Critically
Types of Sources
Popular vs. Scholarly: How to Tell the Difference
Evaluating an Author
Evaluating a Periodical
Evaluating a Book
Evaluating an Online Source
Evaluating Content
Active Reading
Finding Main Ideas
Annotating a Text
Double-Column Note Taking
The Rhetorical Prcis
Understanding Argument and Persuasion
Inductive and Deductive Arguments
Approaches to Argument and Persuasion
Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
The Toulmin Method
The Rogerian Argument
Logical Fallacies
Navigating the Writing Process
Learning Styles
The Writing Process
Researching and Note Taking
Revising and Editing
Revision Checklist
Editing Checklist
Know Thyself
Organizing the Essay
The Body of the Essay
Visual Paper Structure
Rhetorical Modes of Writing
Integrating Sources into Writing
Summary, Synthesis, and Critical Thought
Presenting Information: Summaries, Paraphrases, and Direct Quotations
How to Incorporate Sources into Your Papers
Introducing Your Sources
Analyzing and Interpreting Information from Sources
Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
Types of Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism
Common Knowledge Exceptions
Improving Style, Punctuation, and Grammar
Punctuation Pattern Sheet
Twenty-Five Common Punctuation and Grammar Errors to Avoid
Recognizing Independent Clauses
Punctuating Independent Clauses
Common Conjunctions
Recognizing and Punctuating Dependent Clauses and Phrases
Punctuating Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements
Using Commas
Using Semicolons
Using Colons
Using Apostrophes
Using Quotation Marks
Using Dashes
Using End Punctuation
Using Hyphens
Using Ellipsis Marks
Using Parentheses and Brackets
Using the Slash
Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
Using Correct Verb Tenses
Understanding Pronouns
Suggestions for Improving Writing Style
Web Address For Exercises
Handbook for Documentation
Formatting the MLA Style Paper
MLA Document Guidelines
Sample Student Paper
Creating MLA Style Parenthetical Citations
When You Should Use Parenthetical Citations
Placement of Parenthetical Citations
Directory of Sample Parenthetical Citations
Preparing the MLA List of Works Cited
Directory of Sample Works Cited Entries
Arrangement of Entries on the Works Cited Page
Works-Cited Entries for Books, Works in Books, and Plays
Periodical Print Publications
Works Cited Entries for Works from Reference Databases
Works Cited Entries for Internet Sources
Works Cited Entries for Other Sources
Annotated Bibliographies
Using APA Style
Formatting the APA Style Paper
Creating APA Style Parenthetical Citations
Preparing the List of References
Sample Student Paper
Anthology of Readings
Introduction to Anthology of Readings
Information Competency and Popular Culture
"The Triumph of Popular Culture: Situation Comedy, Postmodernism, and The Simpsons."
"Real or Not, It Doesn't Matter."
"The Fast-Forward, On-Demand, Network-Smashing Future of Television."
"Entertainment Wars: Television Culture After 9/11."
A Casebook on 24:
"Does '24' Encourage US Interrogators to 'Torture' Detainees?"
"Stranger than Fiction: Does 24 Inspire Real Life Torture?"
"Watching Torture in Prime Time."
"Are Movies Art?"
"To Kill A Mockingbird."
"The Godfather Goes Interactive."
"From Nerds to Napoleons: Thwarting Archetypical Expectaqtion in High School Films."
"Sex and the Cinema: What American Pie Teaches the Young."
"Raising the Dead: Unearthing the Nonliterary Origins of Zombie Cinema."
The Internet
"Network Economics" from Out of Control: The Biology of Machines, social Systems, and the Economic World.
"Cyber-Bullying: Creating a Culture of Respect in a Cyber World."
"You Tube: The Evolution of Media?"
"Can Grand Theft Auto Inspire Professors?"
"A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research Source."
"The Amorality of Web 2.0"
"Educators Explore ‘Second Life' Online."
"Second Life Just Like the First."
"Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web: Law Students Feel Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks."
"New Branded World" from No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bulllies
"The Future of Advertising is Here."
"But First a Word from our Sponsors."
"Stealth TV: Channel One Delivers News and Advertising to the Classroom."
"Students for Sale - How Corporations Are Buying Their Way into America's Classrooms"
"Group Wants Shrek off Anti-Obesity Campaign" and Barbara F. Meltz, "Fighting Obesity but Fronting for Junk Food."
Media Multinationals
From: Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
"Address to the Third National Conference on Media Reform."
"Grand Theft: The Conglomeratization of Media and the Degradation of Culture: (25 Years Of Monitoring The Multinationals)."
"Rupert Murdoch's Cool New Thing (MySpace.com)."
"Statement of Commissioner Jonathan S. Adalstein."
"Remarks of Commissioner Michael J. Copps: FCC Hearing on Media Ownership: Los Angeles, California, October 3, 2006."
News Media
"War Takes up Less Time on Fox News."
"AP: We Ignored Paris Hilton." And John Rogers, "US Weekly Blacks out Hilton Coverage"
"Rediscovering the World: 9/11 Showed all Too Clearly What a Terrible Mistake it was for America's News Media to Largely Ignore Foreign News."
"What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart."
"Address to RTDNA"
"Address at RTDNA Awards Dinner."
Corporate America
"The Most Dangerous Job," From Fast Food Nation.
"The Unofficial History of America™" from Culture Jam
"Business as Usual" from The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.
"Industrial Diarrhea" from Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic.
"Junk Food's Health Crusade: How Ronald McDonald Became a Health Ambassador, and Other Stories."
"Bottom Line: What are the True Costs of Wal-Mart's Low Prices?"
"Wal-Mart Sets the Record Straight."
Appendix: List of Commonly Confused Words and Phrases
Appendix or Inside Cover: Common Essay Correction Marks
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