Glad to have reconnected in person this past week. I am also pleased at the new CAS 205 seminar room arrangement. Now that we have gathered there and checked it out, I think it is a good home base for us in terms of our space concerns. The room is open and allows us to social distance a bit, it has natural light and windows, and the round table is perfect for our collaborative moments. Remember that much of thesis time will also be open writing time devoted to your own developmental process. So please come prepared each week with independent work to tackle, so that you can make great use of your weekly thesis time. We will have collective engagements and forums to consider along the way, but this work will also be balanced with independent time to focus on your writing in class.
Our agenda from last week
I am glad we started with some direct one-on-one conference time to jump start the writing and research work ahead for each of you. Here is the document with some of notes from our one-on-one meetings. I think each of you has a clear course ahead of you now, and I want you each to do your best to clear ample time and space for your thesis (from now until we complete the semester in early May). In other words, now begins a crucial stretch of writing/creating time for you, so please organize your calendar and make this happen!
Learning Commons workshop: MA Research strategies with Craig Anderson
This in-person workshop will focus on how you can use WorldCat Discovery to access books, ebooks, articles, and videos available through Kean University’s Learning Commons. In addition, workshop attendees will consider best practices for selecting other multidisciplinary and subject-specific databases relevant for particular research interests and will explore keyword searching strategies, tips for accessing peer-reviewed articles, and citation tool options. This workshop will give you the opportunity to ask questions related to your own research project. This workshop will take place in the Learning Commons, room L-208.
We will remember to ask Craig about more complex search strategies; advanced search tips; filtering interdisciplinary journals for certain content; and how to cite more unusual citation sources (i.e. interviews, professional conversations; non-traditional attributions ). We will all head over to Craig’s forum at the library in L 208 after meeting in CAS 205 first at 4:30pm.
- Write your second blog of the semester – a progress report on building new momentum.
- What kind of questions or concerns do you have regarding your research process? How can Craig (or the librarians in the Learning Commons) help you with your own process this semester?
Have great weekend!