Friday, April 21, 2006

Assignment 1 - Interent Research

Greetings All,

For monday each of you will need to analyze 3 internet sources related to your topics. You should look for sites with human interaction about your topic (not just informational sites). Explore the site for artifacts (discourse, contacts, information, experts, etc.) related to both the research topic and the kinds of people involved with your topic. Sites that you might find useful include: event/conference websites, portals, universities, not-for-profit organizations (.org), government institutions, blogs, social networks, etc.

For each site, identify at least one person (by name and email address) who is relevant to your topic and who you believe would reply to your email. It is often the case that the higher the person's position/title, the less likely they will reply to random emails. This is not always the case but you should factor this into your plan.


1) Individual blog post: post the three sites you selected and provide a short description of how the sites and/or individuals would be useful to your research goals.

2) Group presentation: consider all of the sites collected by the members of your group and choose three to present to the class. In your presentation, discuss both the affordances and limitations of Internet research with regard to your research goals.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


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