Navigating America
Navigating America

Navigating America

1st Edition
By David Moton and Gloria Dumler
Copyright: 2010
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Navigating America: Information Competency and Research for the

21st Century

Table of Contents

I) Preface for Instructors

II) Introduction for Students

Section 1: Researching and Writing

1) Finding a Topic

Understanding the Assignment
Developing a Working Thesis

2) Conducting Traditional Academic Research

Navigating the Library
Library Catalog Searches
Online Periodical Databases
Government Publications
The Internet
Interviews, Surveys, and Field Research

3) Conducting Other Types of Research

The World Wide Web
Print Media and News
Television, Radio, and Broadcast News

4) 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 Précis

5) 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

6) Navigating the Writing Process

Learning Styles
The Writing Process
Researching and Note Taking
Revising and Editing
Revision Checklist
Editing Checklist
Know Thyself

7) Organizing the Essay

The Body of the Essay
Visual Paper Structure
Rhetorical Modes of Writing

8) 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

9) Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Types of Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism
Common Knowledge Exceptions

10) 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

Section 2: Handbook for Documentation

11) Formatting the MLA Style Paper

MLA Document Guidelines
Sample Student Paper

12) Creating MLA Style Parenthetical Citations

When You Should Use Parenthetical Citations
Placement of Parenthetical Citations
Directory of Sample Parenthetical Citations

13) 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

14) Using APA Style

Formatting the APA Style Paper
Creating APA Style Parenthetical Citations
Preparing the List of References
Sample Student Paper

Section 3: Anthology of Readings

15) Introduction to Anthology of Readings

Information Competency and Popular Culture

16) Television

1. Matthew Henry. “The Triumph of Popular Culture: Situation Comedy,
Postmodernism, and The Simpsons.”
2. Richard Huff. “Real or Not, It Doesn’t Matter.”
3. Frank Rose. “The Fast-Forward, On-Demand, Network-Smashing Future of
4. Lynn Spigel. “Entertainment Wars: Television Culture After 9/11.”
A Casebook on 24:
5. Tom Regan. “Does '24' Encourage US Interrogators to 'Torture' Detainees?”
6. Rick Moran. “Stranger than Fiction: Does 24 Inspire Real Life Torture?”
7. Anne-Marie Cusac. “Watching Torture in Prime Time.”

17) Film

1. Jonah Goldberg, Chris Weinkopf, Brandon Bosworth, Josh Larsen, Cristopher
Rapp, Jonathan Last, and Terry Teachout. “Are Movies Art?”
2. Mark Holcomb. “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
3. Burt Helm. “The Godfather Goes Interactive.”
4. Jacqueline Bach. “From Nerds to Napoleons: Thwarting Archetypical
Expectaqtion in High School Films.”
5. Sharyn Pearce. “Sex and the Cinema: What American Pie Teaches the Young.”
6. Kyle Bishop. “Raising the Dead: Unearthing the Nonliterary Origins of Zombie

18) The Internet

1. Kevin Kelly. “Network Economics” from Out of Control: The Biology of
Machines, social Systems, and the Economic World.
2. Susan Keith and Michelle Martin. “Cyber-Bullying: Creating a Culture of
Respect in a Cyber World.”
3. Christian Christensen. “You Tube: The Evolution of Media?”
4. Scott Carlson. “Can Grand Theft Auto Inspire Professors?”
5. Noam Cohen. “A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research
6. Nicholas Carr. “The Amorality of Web 2.0”
7. Grace Wong. “Educators Explore ‘Second Life’ Online.”
8. Khue Pham. “Second Life Just Like the First.”
9. Ellen Nakashima “Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web: Law Students Feel
Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks."

19) Advertising

1. Naomi Klein. “New Branded World” from No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand
2. David H. Freedman. “The Future of Advertising is Here.”
3. James B Twitchell. “But First a Word from our Sponsors.”
4. Russ Baker and Kimberly Smith. “Stealth TV: Channel One Delivers News and Advertising to the Classroom.”
5. Manning, Steven. “Students for Sale – How Corporations Are Buying Their Way into America’s Classrooms”
6. David Crary. “Group Wants Shrek off Anti-Obesity Campaign” and Barbara F.
Meltz, “Fighting Obesity but Fronting for Junk Food.”

20) Media Multinationals

1. Robert McChesney. From: Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy.
2. Bill Moyers. “Address to the Third National Conference on Media Reform.”
3. Ben Bagdikian. “Grand Theft: The Conglomeratization of Media and the
Degradation of Culture: (25 Years Of Monitoring The Multinationals).”
4. Edie G. Lush. “Rupert Murdoch’s Cool New Thing (”
5. Johnathan Adalstein. “Statement of Commissioner Jonathan S. Adalstein.”
6. Michael Copps. “Remarks of Commissioner Michael J. Copps: FCC Hearing on
Media Ownership: Los Angeles, California, October 3, 2006.”

21) News Media

1. David Bauder. “War Takes up Less Time on Fox News.”
2. Associated Press. “AP: We Ignored Paris Hilton.” And John Rogers, “US Weekly
Blacks out Hilton Coverage”
3. Thomas Ginsberg, “Rediscovering the World: 9/11 Showed all Too Clearly What
a Terrible Mistake it was for America’s News Media to Largely Ignore Foreign
4. Rachel Smolkin. “What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart.”
5. Edward Murrow. “Address to RTDNA”
6. Andrew Heyward. “Address at RTDNA Awards Dinner.”

22) Corporate America

1. Schlosser, Eric. “The Most Dangerous Job,” From Fast Food Nation.
2. Kalle Lasn, “The Unofficial History of America™” from Culture Jam
3. Joel Bakan, “Business as Usual” from The Corporation: The Pathological
Pursuit of Profit and Power.
4. John DeGraff, David Wann, and Thomas Naylor, “Industrial Diarrhea” from
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic.
5. Michelle Simon, “Junk Food's Health Crusade: How Ronald McDonald Became a
Health Ambassador, and Other Stories.”
6., “Bottom Line: What are the True Costs of Wal-Mart’s Low
7., “Wal-Mart Sets the Record Straight.”
Appendix: List of Commonly Confused Words and Phrases
Appendix or Inside Cover: Common Essay Correction Marks