For 4.12.17

As we discussed today, your assignment is … to do each of these things and in your homework report on your findings and in sections numbered as below:

1. Find a high-level survey of your topic

  • Search “current issues YourTopic 2017 pwc/deloitte…”
  • Look for surveys that identify the current issues — the high-level discussions of concepts that will become your research question’s 3rd part
  • You are looking for an overview, likely in diagrams or sub-heads looking like this
  • You may well have to step back and ask how your particular topic is part of something larger, for example, customer-to-customer car sales are part of a larger set of exchanges on eBay, and where you are looking for larger economic or social forces common to all and where your company or case study is part of a much larger puzzle

2. Demonstrate close reading: Identify a discussion that goes to the heart of your problem and write it up carefully

  • Somewhere in your Big 4 report you will find a discussion of your problem that goes to the heart of it and where they talk “insider baseball,” or, “the way we talk around here,” for example here, and where you see that I’ve highlighted the many vocabulary words in a specific context that make sense in this context: you not simply look up what the term means, but write up how it fits into this context
  • Write up one particular paragraph in detail to develop your reading skills: maybe think of it this way: in your BA thesis, where you are surveying 3+ positions or moments, you have three of these citations and close readings where you deeply explore what is going on

3. Revise your research question with a proper 3rd, conceptual part

Look at this third part and make sure it has concepts, and since this is very difficult and will take weeks for many of you, you might review the discussion of this third conceptual part in The Craft of Research chapters 3+4: bite the bullet and do it!

4. Use report structures and action verbs

When we report on what others are saying, we distinguish between what others say and what we might feel about it, and for that we need Reporting Verbs, like “he claims…”. When we interpret and analyze what others are saying, we need Action Verbs like “compare” and contrast. Otherwise, you’ll likely remain stuck in the la-la land of description and “piggy-backing”, as you will reading in the Eight Strategies for Using Sources: learn how to compare and contrast two or more issues, approaches, or sources using reporting verbs and where you “draw battle lines”. On our Dropbox you will find the following: take the time to apply at least one action verb, one reporting verb, and make one argument from Eight Strategies following the “draw battle lines” strategy

  • Action Verbs, after Bloom
  • Reporting Verbs, Adelaide
  • Eight Strategies for Using Sources